And the culture is completely different from the U.S…in good ways and in bad ways…but mostly good. It’s such a cool experience to live here and note the ways in which the cultures differ…I love it. The language is beautiful, too. It’s nothing like the animé nightmare I was afraid it would be (unfortunately, that’s the side of Japan most people see). It’s a very beautiful, elegant place. People are friendly, traditional, polite…There isn’t much road rage here. That’s a shock! Another shock is how women really protect their skin here and cover up on sunny days. It’s just the opposite of the U.S. I feel weird running out to sun myself when everyone else is wearing sun hats and gloves. In general, everyone seems more calm and laid back. Such a nice change of pace. I’ve been to Japan, Ireland, France, and Germany now. So far, the people in Japan have been the kindest. Every day going out somewhere here is an adventure in culture acclimation. So much fun! Definitely visit! Look up the ‘Let’s Learn Japanese’ language lessons on YouTube before you go…and for fun, do a search on YouTube for Japanese Numbers. The song is addictive. LOL
thatblondechick's Life List
1. write the great american novel
2. visit my Dad`s grave
3. Compete in a figure competition
4. Throw a dart into a map and travel to where it lands
5. visit all 50 states
6. get published
7. create the soundtrack to my life
8. find beauty in unexpected places
9. do at least one good deed a day
10. Send someone flowers for no reason
11. become a better writer
12. be a better wife
13. have normal sleep hours
14. Make my bedroom into a "love nest"
15. Have lilac trees under my bedroom window
16. lay in the grass and watch the clouds
17. get my personal training certification
...and kind of fixed this issue for me. Thank you, Facebook. LOL – But I’m getting better at getting things like this in order. It’s always nice to see someone’s face light up when you remember their birthday.
I’ve seen some big changes in myself over the last few years…and I really feel good about where I’m at, now. I see a difference in the way I am looking at things, feeling, my attitudes about others and my attitudes about myself.