A short removal from Japan was all it took for me to truly appreciate it.
Get ready to be disappointed.
The time had come when I needed contacts. My last pair was fuzzy and leaving me with a headache at the end of the day. I wasn’t nervous venturing into the Japanese world of eye care, whatever that may mean; I was lazy.
Japan is notorious for painful dental care. I was not looking forward to my visit, even though it was a simple teeth cleaning.
After poking around a few dentists’ websites, with the help of a Japanese teacher I was able to find an English speaking dentist. Many advertise they have English speakers, but on the ground experience is teaching me that people lie about their ability.
Reading on the train in Ikebukuro station. Spaced out. Come to 40 minutes later.
Still in the station.
Obvious delays I know.
Read some more. 20 minutes later I get off the train still in the Ikebukuro station.
Take a different line.
Spaced out again.
Come to and am amazed by the sight through the window. When’s the last time I’ve seen somewhere not right under my nose?
I cooked my first truly Japanese meal! Fortunately my favorite Japanese dishes are what the teachers call “Japanese soul food,” and are surprisingly easy to make.
For my first fully prepared Japanese meal with no American substitutions, I made…
Since mid-February, cherry blossom madness has gripped the country. In ¥100 shops, Valentine’s Day decorations were swiftly taken down to be replaced with wave after wave of white and pink sakura-themed merchandise. From office supplies to beer, everything is sakura-themed.