風になりたい! Kaze ni naritai! 

A look at life in Japan through big, round, gaijin eyes. Relfections on life in Japan, America, from the faceless streets of Tokyo. Let's blogging!

Friday, August 04, 2006

Happy Anniversary


As of today I've been in Japan for 4 years. To put that in perspective, I've been in Japan longer than I was at Georgetown or in high school. I've been in Japan for my entire adult life thus far. I would rather go to Yoshinoya than McDonalds, and I'd rather go to Kappa Sushi than either. I think of myself as a gaijin, or foreigner. I bow on the phone. I don't know how to introduce myself in English, or ask for a favor without adding "yoroshiku onegaishimasu." Saying my opinions in front of my coworkers makes me vaguely uncomfortable. I don't believe in productivity. I have poor command of my spoken English at time. I translate Japanese idioms directly into my speech in English. I dream in Japanese. I use the word "let's" all the time. I caveat my statements constantly so as not to seem too forceful. I have cravings for grilled fish--at breakfast time. I like J-pop. I read manga. I love karaoke. I have no furniture taller than my knee. I look right,left,right before crossing the street. I get confused when watching people drive in American movies. I refer to home, home, and back home as 3 different places. I think of MLB games as taking place in the AM. The NFL plays on any given Monday morning. I haven't seen an NCAA game in 4 years, though I've won three March Madness Pools. I read kanji faster than I read kana. I've never had a deep conversation with my girlfriend and been 100% confident that we understand exactly what each other is saying. I will never understand her world-view completely, nor will she understand mine. I forget that schools in the US are surrounded by grass. I have never met any Japanese person who has operated a lawnmower. Wide-open spaces vaguely alarm me. I can see the practical advantages of owning a small dog. I am often embarassed by the behavior of other foreigners I meet. I can't speak Spanish. I only see my family a few days a year. It surprises me to not be surrounded by Japanese people. Western faces sometimes look alike. I eat raw eggs and cold fried chicken. The beer I drink the most is Asahi, which is also the name of the TV channel I watch the most. I pray at temples and shrines every time I go, but I have only been to church once in 4 years. I don't think a train is full unless the conductor has to push people on to close the doors. I can't believe it when a train is more than a minute late. I can't imagine life without a keitai... Etc.

1 Comments:

  • At 8/12/2006 2:03 PM, Anonymous braindead24hours said…

    hey jason, i guess you are not gaijin anymore...

     

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