Too long in Japan

I haven’t been in Japan for almost a year now, but once these things applied for me. Some still do.

…you rush onto an escalator, and just stand there.
…you find yourself bowing while you talk on the phone.
…you don’t hesitate to put a $10 note into a vending machine.
…you start thinking can coffee tastes good.
…you buy a potato-and-strawberry sandwich for lunch without cringing.
…when you squat waiting for a bus to come.
…you think birds cry.
…you develop a liking for green tea flavoured ice cream.
…you think the best part of TV are the commercials.
…you think wet umbrellas need condoms.
…when you find nothing unusual in a television commercial for candy in which a model dressed in a high school girl’s uniform comes up behind another model dressed in a high school girl’s uniform, grabs her left breast, gives a devilish grin, and skips away.
…you have discovered the sexual attraction of high school navy uniforms.
…you are only slightly puzzled by “Melty Kiss.”
…you think curry rice is food.
…when in the middle of nowhere, totally surrounded by rice fields and abundant nature, you aren’t surprised to find a drink vending machine with no visible means of a power supply…
…and when you think nothing of it when that lonely vending machine says ‘thank you’ after you buy a coke.
…the TV commercials make sense to you.
…you can’t have your picture taken without your fingers forming the peace sign.
…when you think one kind of rice tastes better than another kind.
…you get a “Nihongo ga joozu” and feel really insulted.
…when the Christmas music in the stores does not make you feel at all sentimental like it used to.
…when you believe that the perfect side dish to eat with a juicy, deep-fried pork chop is a pile of raw, tasteless, shredded cabbage.
…you no longer pay any attention to what anyone does when you sit down beside them on a train.
…when you accompany your “no” by the famous waving hand-in- front-of-nose.
…you find yourself apologizing at least three times per conversation.
…when you vow to ganbaru before every little activity you engage in.
…you put eleven 10 yen coins in the vending machine before you notice it’s sold out.

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