jeudi 18 juin 2009

just another day... tokyo :And i almost go by without noticing it.

Yeah it remind me about that funny sentences (some of them are accuratly true) :

You know you've been in Japan too long when...
 rush onto an escalator, and just stand there.
  • see a gaijin get on the train and think "Wow, it's a gaijin!"
  • start thinking can coffee tastes good.
  • don't think it unusual for a truck to play "It's a Small World" when backing up.
  • appear for your first skiing lesson with brand new Rossignol high performance racing skis and an aerodynamic racing suit with color matched goggles. And then snowplow down.
  • spend all your time trying to think of reasons why you've been Too Long in Japan.
  • are not surprised to wake up in the morning and find that the woman who stayed over last night has completely cleaned your apartment, even though you'll probably never ever meet her again.
  • develop a liking for green tea flavored ice cream.
  •'re talking to your mother on the phone, and she asks you what "genki" means.
  • think wet umbrellas need condoms.
  • think the natural location for a beer garden is on a roof.
  • think nothing about seeing 20 ads for women's' sanitary napkins during one movie.
  • have run out of snappy comebacks to compliments about your chopstick skills.
  • think "white pills, blue pills, and pink powder" is an adequate answer to the question "What are you giving me, doctor?".
  • think 4 layers of wrapping is reasonable for a simple piece of merchandise.
  • don't find anything strange about a city that puts a life sized, red-and-white painted Eiffel tower imitation in its center, as well as a scale model of the Versailles Palace for its Crown Prince.
  • think the meaning of a red traffic light is: "Hurry up! 10 cars now in quick succession, and then we'll think about slowing down."
  • ask fellow foreigners the all-important question "How long have you been here?" in order to be able to properly categorize them.
  • ...when looking out the window of your office, you think "Wow, so many trees!" instead of "Wow, so much concrete!"
  • think curry rice is food.
  • think it is quite OK to play volleyball with 12 people per team.
  • ...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.
  • stand before a sign on a bridge and ponder the possible meanings of "Bridge Freezes Before Road."
  • ...the TV commercials make sense to 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.
  • ...when getting ready for a trip you automatically calculate for omiyage and you leave just the right amount of space in your suitcase for them.
  • ...when you think children should have to walk around in the freezing cold with only short sleeves and shorts up to their butt (to make them strong!).
  • fully understand the concept of "cuteness"
  • start to recognize BGM as a meaningful genre of music.
  • walk to the local seven eleven in your wife's shoes.
  • run for the Yamanote line pushing people left and right, jump on the train holding the doors open to let your bag follow you on. Because you know there will not be another one for at least a minute.
  • no longer pay any attention to what anyone does when you sit down beside them on a train.
  • ...when you're impressed with a girl with a 94 cm bust (work it out !).
  • find yourself apologizing at least three times per conversation.
  • ...when you let your car idle for half an hour while you go shopping.
  • go to a book shop with the full intention to read all the interesting magazines and put them back on the shelf.
  • think Bosozoku are dangerous.
  • ...your idea of a larger home is an extra 10 square meters.
  • ...when you stupidly wait for a kampai at a gaijin party
  • use the "slasher hand" and continuous bowing to make your way through a crowd.
  • ...all of your December Sundays is reserved for Bonenkai hangover recovery.
  • go to a coffee shop in your home country and order "American coffee."
  • put eleven 10 yen coins in the vending machine before you notice it's sold out.
  • enjoy drinking until you vomit (ok not so "only in japan").
  • believe that Australians say "to die" instead of "today"
  • find nothing perverse about having the results of a Dragons vs. Giants game as news headlines, and half a million people being wiped out in a cyclone in Bangladesh as just a minor story

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