One of the many times I went out for a sneaky bite to eat with Jason at our favourite place – 100 yen sushi!
Some foreigners in Japan work hard to be able to hear those sweet words “oh, you are more Japanese than Japanese people”. I’m not fussed about that certain “compliment” myself, but I have been told it many a time. Times like when I took my holiday time out by the hour, or when I never failed to bring sweets back for my co-workers if I went on a trip. To me, those things are either me trying hard to be proper, or me trying hard to be nice.
In all honesty, I think I have only two traits that I think are truly “Japanese”. The first is that I like to wear wacky clothes. When I left Japan and had to get rid of loads of stuff, most of my “Japan clothes” went in the bin, as I told myself I needed to grow up and start dressing like a grown up. Since settling down into my life here, and especially since seeing how casual it is in the Nintendo office, I am slowly but surely working my way back into dressing in my own special way again. I wore knee high socks the other day, and today I purchased a hoodie with bear ears on the hood.
The other trait would be that I take lots of photos – and especially of food. I just can’t help it! It’s ridiculously easy to take nice photos of food, all it has to do is sit there and look nice. I eat nice food a lot, and so I take nice photos a lot. I try not to put many up on facebook – though my Tumblr was pretty full of “food porn”. But I usually get funny comments when I take all these photos of my food. I guess it’s just not done here.
A work colleague of mine started a blog posting photos of every meal he eats. While unfortunately he supplies very little in the way of description, it’s kind of fun to see what he has been eating. Take a look!
Alas not everyone can be as sophisticated as my colleague and myself, and there are lots of people who take really naff photos of naff food they’ve eaten. Luckily for us, someone is going round collecting these awesome photos and making hilarious comments about them. Seriously, this guy has issues (including his hatred for the word ‘lush’!! – has never seen Gavin and Stacey, apparently!)
I hope that to other people my photos look less Cook Suck and a little more exciting… but even if it does, the Japanese part of my personality is still very much alive and so I doubt I will ever stop…