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30 Jun

Culture Shock…

Well I have been in Japan for quite some time now.

I got to see a few of my friends from America a few weeks ago. It was funny to watch them take pictures of vending machines and laugh at the way that people dress or fall asleep on the train. It was also funny to watch them use chopsticks.

These things are all normal to me. They seem like a part of life and I cannot imagine life without it for some reason. I cannot tell you the last time that I used a fork before this morning. I would much rather use chopsticks over a fork.

Vending machines are a way of telling people how to get to your house. Turn right at this vending machine and then take a left at this one and then I’m at the end of the road by the other vending machine. This is true.

Sleeping on the train or subway is a nice way to relax.

With all of that mentioned above, let me continue.

After I got off of the Shinkansen, bullet train, at Sendai Station. It felt like I was home. That feeling of traveling and finally being back to your home town. Yah. I had that feeling. It was kinda weird to feel that way in a foreign country, but it is true. That is how I felt.

I wonder if I will feel that way when I land in Kansas City in 6 months for Christmas?



9 Jun

Four months ago I moved to Japan.

Four months ago I’m sure I thought that the Japanese were crazy.

Now, it is all normal. I think that I might even be turning Japanese.

Daily things in my life that seem normal:

* Forgetting to lock my apartment door. It is ok because it is safe here in Japan.

* Cooking with Chopsticks rather than a fork.

* Heated toilet seat.

* Washing my hands in the sink on the back of my toilet.

* Taking off my shoes when I enter my apt or my classroom..

* Almost getting hit by a car when I ride my bike.

* Not knowing what they are saying to me.

* DDR playing in the apt above me at exactly 9:05 every morning.

* Being illiterate

* Skyping with my family and bffs.

* Planning vacations to all points of the world.

* Showering without a shower curtain.

These are just a few of the things that are “normal” to me now. It is quite interesting how I become “used” to things. With that being said… I would like some visitors to come visit so they can see what I am talking about. :]

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