Now I understand "Lost in Translation"
Trip Start Jul 24, 2010
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My new place....tiny but mighty
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A universal theme I have noticed in most small towns that I have visited across the globe is that people are willing to help you if you are simple polite and obviously a foreigner. The residents of this town go to great lengths to be of service. I truly feel embarrassed because I have to rely on their citizenship so much, which most of you know is not my "style." I suppose that in this case though I have no real choice. This is probably the most uncomfortable I have ever felt in all of my travels. It might have to do with the foreseen knowledge of no escape. When I usually travel and don't like a place I simply jump on the next bus, train, or plane. Here though, I am fully aware and constantly remind myself that this is home for a while. Not to put a negative twist on the idea, but it is a new sensation.
My second day here I had the opportunity to play basketball with the jr
Along the the recurring theme of being lost in translation, has anyone tried shopping for groceries in a place where your illiteracy makes you feel like a giraffe with a broken neck? If you haven't please try it....a very humbling experience. I lucked out because I was escorted last night by a former American English Teacher who has made his life in Japan. He kindly pointed me in the right directions. He was amused when I explained to him that when I was at the market before I was going to by a certain bottle thinking it was cooking oil.....with a slight grin and a stare of disbelief he explained that I would have actually bought vinegar
Lastly, I regret taking for granted the trash we toss in the States. Not only because of how much we waste, but because of how strict the Japanese government is with recycling. I am both impressed and stressed. I worked up the courage yesterday to throw out the trash and gladly recycle the cans and plastic bottles. I tried to investigate the area of disposal though because I apparently have to separate other plastics, electronics, cardboard, clothes, books, appliances, and so on. So sitting in my kitchen is a small box of random plastics and paper that I still can't figure out what to do with.....It might be there for a while though.
Well, thank you all for reading and I hope you enjoy the pictures and videos. I probably won't be doing another entry for a couple of weeks because I would like to be inspired to share things and not feel obliged to report them.
Believe me (I know many of you won't), I miss you all and you all in my thoughts quite frequently. Nothing like complete social solidarity to make you miss the friends you have, the ones you let getaway, the friends you hope miss you, the times you had, and the family you know isn't going anywhere.