This is Japan in a nutshell. Forget all the crazy stuff with the weird tv programs and the cosplaying—that’s just the outer shell that gets attention because it’s unusual. This, this is the beauty of the country. I’ve had little grandmothers chase me down because I dropped my shinkansen tickets. In amusement parks, the attendants do their upmost to get lost items (usually cardigans or kids’ shoes) back to the owners—before the owners even realize they’d lost said item(s). I’ve had complete strangers not only give my thorough directions but have offered to drive me to the place I needed to go.
It is so, so, so hard to go back to the States after you get the J-treatment. I mean, Japan has its downside (“What is this madness you call pizza???”), but the general attitudes of everyone—even the so-called hardcore yankees (two of whom who, on a blazing summer day, helped me find one of my schools when I was heinously lost in the labyrinth that is the neighborhood in which said school is located)—is the epitome of the mindset that I wish everyone would adopt. Because yelling at people gets you nowhere. And being able to empathize with people kinda helps make this country a really nice place to live in.
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My mom lived in Japan when she was a little girl. Her and her family were walking up Mount Fuji and she got really tired. A Japanese man offered to carry her piggy back the rest of the way up (it was the 60’s). Then they had a painting made to remember that day and it hung in the mans home. My grandparents are still friends with him.
Even though society says I have the ideal body and girls starve themselves to have my body type, I really don’t like how thin I am. I know I won’t gain weight until I’m pregnant or my metabolism slows down when I hit thirty, but I’m still really self conscious about it. I just wish I looked softer and wasn’t so bony.
I believe people come into your life for a reason. You came in, served your purpose, and left. But even though I know your poison to me and I would never be your “friend” again, I still want to make sure you’re happy. Its either some sort of maturity or foolishness, but either way I hope you find what you’re looking for and its everything you wanted.