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Going Native

2013/08/22

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We hope everyone's enjoying their summer vacations. Maybe you had an opportunity to travel around Japan and see some new things. Or maybe you went back to your home country and felt some reverse culture shock.


After spending some time in Japan a lot of things start to become second nature, and well...


You know you've been in Japan a long time when...


...you find yourself bowing while talking on the phone.

...you add "-sensei" to the names of all your English teacher friends.

...you count coins at the cash register, to minimize your change.

...you find a creative way to eat natto!

...and have mastered the art of bowing while shaking-hands.

...you get blasted by a truck with a loud-speaker shouting about politics or appliances and don't even complain anymore.

...you think adequate prescriptions from your doctor are
"white pills, blue pills, and pink powder", all of them for fever.

...you think the natural place for a beer garden is on the roof, and you're convinced other foreigners will be impressed if you drink Budweiser.

...when looking out the window of your workplace, you think "Wow, so many trees!" and not "Wow, so much concrete!"

...the shows on TV don't seem so ridiculous anymore.

...you get a "Nihongo ga joozu desu ne" and feel really insulted.

...you pull out your ruler to underline a single word.

...when in the middle of nowhere, totally surrounded by rice fields and abundant nature, it's natural to you that there is a vending machine with no visible means of power supply.

...you can't tell your students the Three Little Pigs story without giggling when you get the part about the hair of their chinny chin chin's.

...you think that
a golden playboy bunny logo with "Lets SpoRTS sExy gAY CluB" is a perfectly normal T-shirt for a toddler.

...you buy Christmas cake on Christmas Eve.

...you utter "yoisho" when sitting down.
 
...you're not afraid of the Police.

...you no longer get lost in Tokyo station.

...you've forgotten how to tie your shoes.

...you go for a drink with friends back home and start pouring everybody's beer for them.

...after drinking, you patiently wait for the Taxi door to open for you, and then forget the tip.

...you're a man, and yet you look forward to Valentine's day.

...people stop complementing you on your Japanese, and start asking you where you had your eyes and nose done to look like a foreigner.

 

Has any of this happened to you? Just give it time... Conversely, can you still remember what it was like when you first arrived? We hope you're still enjoying yourself and discovering new things.


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