Being bowed to at McDonald's. This truly happens.
There are things you learn so well that they become ingrained - even in a culture that isn't your own. In the two years I've lived in Japan, I now know without a doubt that "ちょっと待ってね," means "wait a little bit, okay?" "大丈夫?" means "You okay?" and "できた!" means "I was able to do it!"
Two words: NO TIPPING.
The school year is drawing to a close and we are given certificates to fill out for the students. Our school has made it as safe for business easy on us as possible - all we must do is sign our names and circle one from a choice of encouraging remarks. Takuya receives special recognition
Being able to plan an entire commute according to train AND SUBWAY times. For a veteran of the New York City MTA, this is huge. Huge. Ah, Japan. Living in Japan and not already hip? www.jorudan.co.jp/english. You're welcome.
The delectable, the exquisitely fragranced, the ubiquitous ... CocoIchibanya Curry.
The dazzling cornucopia of bottled tea brands in the convenience stores; displayed in gleaming rows, all ready for me to select and enjoy. Make me pretty, green tea.
Today, I have made the bed, scrubbed the toilet, rinsed out the shower, organized my desk, played online Scrabble, done two crosswords, done the dishes, made soup with leftover rice, ate said soup, washed the dishes again, watched 1 episode of Ugly Betty, rewatched the latest Flight of the Conchords episode, put out the salmon
... it takes you 2 seconds to find your visiting family in a crowd.
Warm toilet seats in the winter. Bliss!