|Intro Survey Thingummy
||[Jul. 23rd, 2006|02:36 am]
We'd Rather Be In Japan: Gai-Nihonjin Unite!
Number of times you've been to Japan: once
Amount of time you've stayed in Japan: the 2005-6 academic year
Where you've lived or where you've travelled in Japan: Tokyo, with side trips to Chiba, Yokosuka, Yokohama, Kamakura, and Kyoto for a week at the end of the trip
Reasons? (School, vacation, etc): study abroad-- art and Japanese at Temple University Japan
Japanese language fluency: I've been studying for three years. I can read and understand pretty well but am still nowhere near fluent. I'm starting to translate manga and can usually dissect subtitles pretty well while watching anime.
Favorite Japanese food: donburi
Favorite Japanese musical artist: The Pillows
Favorite Japanese film/TV show: the Crayon Shin-chan movie I saw on TV while I was there (the one where they all turn into superheroes), I've also become something of a SMAP fan...
Favorite Japanese sports team: didn't follow sports, but seeing news stories about the Bulgarian(?) sumo wrestler always made me happy
Why do you miss Japan?: One thing I miss is that community spirit. Sometimes it exhausted me, but overall it was comforting to know that every time I did something with friends, everyone wanted to make sure that each person had a good time and was taken care of.
What's one thing you don't miss about Japan?: Japanese men.
What facet (cultural, technological, etc) do you wish you could bring to the US?: public transportation via trains, including the ability to store credits on your cell phone and just point that at the gate instead of buying a ticket. I didn't get to use that, but I wish we had it here. And where I live in the States, we hardly have mass transit at all because it's too rural. If your car breaks down, you are just stranded til it gets fixed.
What facet (see above) do you wish you could bring from the US to Japan?
Tolerance for differences that can't be helped (racial differences, homosexuality, disability, etc.). Accessibility for disabled and elderly people. And I'd remove some of the group shame.
Random memory of being in Japan:
I was living in a hotel and using the public computers there, and didn't know that the computer room had been designated as a temporary dressing room for a singer giving a concert in the lobby. I didn't understand quickly enough that I should probably have left (there wasn't a sign on the door and nothing like this had happened before as far as I could tell), and she was in a hurry so she wound up dressing with me there. I apologized when she came back after the concert, and offered to leave, but she gestured that she didn't mind me staying there and I wound up staying again while she changed back out of her costume. I could choose to be embarrassed, but it was just a misunderstanding and I've chosen to laugh about it instead. I didn't watch her, and I think people are too uptight about nudity anyway.
I am the girl on the right. This was taken when we went moon viewing at the Yokohama Sankeien, which is a huge semi-private garden.