I now love rice and think Crocks are OK. Japan has changed me in the funniest of ways — so I wrote about it. (I’ve lived here about 7 months.)
0 social awareness in public / almost complete social awareness in public.
talking on your phone extensively in public -- no big deal / talking on your phone in public? Put this person in jail, AND please, torture them.
Never asking anyone their "hobby" ever / Saying phrases like "See you" (I was warned about that one.) "Is it OK?" and "What is your hobby?" regularly
never bowing / Bowing when you give and recieve change at a store like in 4 different ways. it's a very subtle yet intense process not to be overlooked.
thinking the nickname "V" is cute/ Viku or ヴィク (Vee-koo) is just as cute if not cuter never eating rice, to thinking why would I even need this much rice? to/ WHERE the F*** is my rice.
never even owned under armor/ In the winter, wearing at least one layer of heat-tech (tight spandex) top and bottom or I feel completely naked, and freezing. and agreeing 70 times a day that the weather is "so cold," even when it's like 50 degrees out.
thinking Crocs are ridiculous / knowing Crocs are the best indoor shoe with NO SHAME, especially when they are $5 knock-offs
rarely making plans two weeks ahead of time / Making plans months in advance / freaking out if it's a week out and nothing has been decided
Thinking america's tipping system had at least some merit/ knowing it's a complete and utter crock of shit (no tipping in Japan. not even taxi drivers)
Speaking of which, jumping into a taxi/ Having the taxi door open for you automatically and the driver wears white gloves that make him seem like a rapist if he were in the states, but just makes him polite here.
Never checking the weather/ Developing a 6th sense about when I'll need an umbrella / just carrying an umbrella with me at all times.
Thinking $6 for a nigiri sushi (2 pieces) is good / Thinking $6 for a nigiri sushi (2 pieces) is insanely expensive
asian men? / Asian. Men.
walking into peoples houses without knocking or warning them / out of habit, saying "sorry for interrupting you" in Japanese, even when I open a door in my own apartment, in which I am the only inhabitant of
road rage/ pedestrian rage. Getting used to cars driving like 2 inches away from you / never getting used to that because it never not feels like you'll get hit by a car
never having been hit by a car/ almost hit by a car twice (pedestrian does not have the right-away; it's very confusing!)
Thinking a 10 minutes walk was long / thinking a 30 minute walk is awesome.
Never using hostelworld.com/booking.com / hostelworld.com is now my bible
Getting someone's phone # / Getting their "LINE app" ID instead
thinking the USA's spiders are scary / now knowing Japan's spiders are 10 times bigger and 100 times more in amount
Never using cockroach repellent / buying all of the repellent and traps and making my house into a war zone during th summer
Do you even train, bro? / Trains ❤ how did i ever live without trains! ❤