5 most difficult things of living in Japan

Don’t worry, my next post will be about the 5 best things of living in Japan 😉
Here goes:

5. The rules are the rules

Yes, this is exactly why everybody likes Japan; it’s organised, safe and clean. That is because everybody walks in line (sometimes literally, when queuing for the bus or waiting to cross). But when you live here, the strictness can become a bit stiffling because there is no flexibility whatsoever. Get in line and follow protocoll.

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4. Recycling
There are just so many categories and bags! The worst for me is that you have to wash and cut the milk cartons and fold them. It makes you stop buying milk altogether. The most hilarious; you’re supposed to take your baby’s poo out of the diaper and flush it.

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3. Food
Why does the whole world think Japan serves super healthy food? I think it might be true for sashimi and sushi – if you pick the sushi without mayonnaise – and for noodles (quite healthy but lots of calories) but then there is all the (deep) fried stuff: tempura, yakitori, tonkatsu, chicken wings and so on. It can also be quite a challenge to find vegetables in your dish!

Another thing is the ‘kawai’ food that comes in very artificial colours. Food that is fluorescent, thanks but no thanks!

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Traditional Japanese food is healthy, but who still cooks it? Japan is overrun by fast food chains, izakayas and so on. We have a hard time finding a restaurant that serves non-greecy food. I keep wondering why most Japanese are so skinny. Must be the tiny portions 🙂

 

 

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Never too young…

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… to go to a baseball game! Baseball is big in Japan – it’s considered the national sport – so we had to see at least one game while here. Nagoya Dragons were up against Osaka. Without knowing we had chosen a very special game, as it was the last game of two Dragon-players. It got really emotional, with lots of Japanese crying their eyes out during the goodbye speeches. The 40+woman that sat next to us wore a jacket of her favourite player covered in hearts and had a towel to wipe her tears.  But who drew the most attention was again our little blond haired, blue eyed ‘kawai’ kid. He got an initiation in the art of cheering and chanting by a true Dragon-fan. It was a fun experience for all of us and the 3,5 (!) hours flew by.

P.S. Nagoya lost big time, but that’s just a detail 🙂