A few months ago, I blogged about still being a Gaijin in Japan, in this post: Take the Gaijin Test. Recently, I have come to realize I’ve been doing a lot of things I swore I’d never do, and which I poked fun at in the first few months/years I’d been in Japan. Embarrassing to admit, but here are the Ten Reasons I think I’m Turning Japanese:
1. I sleep on the train (sometimes).
2. I do the bow and single-hand cutting combination to cut through lines and get people to move over in public transport.
3. I take home my “gomi (trash)” in a plastic bag and recycle it.
4. I feel uncomfortable if I’m not wearing stockings or socks, especially when visiting a home of a Japanese friend.
5. I make pretty bento, and own more than three pretty bento recipe books.
6. I do sudoku.
7. I carry two or three bags on the crook of my arm.
8. I don’t get bothered by terrible English signs (but in my case, anymore, as it just got to a point where it ceased to be funny).
9. I understand and use the expressions “natsukashii”, “mendoukusai”, “bimio” and “mottainai” but still can’t properly translate them.
10. I do the head-bending and sucking in of air when asked a difficult question I’d rather not answer…