Traditional yet unconventional – we all probably know that. Difficult yet convenient – try the trains for starters. Familiar yet original – this is true whether you’re from Europe or East Asia. My 5-month experience in Japan is, in a word, paradoxical.
If I were to describe Japan, this page will be filled with contradicting adjectives – none of which can justify the country’s simple complexity. They have a knack at marrying things together. For instance, the Japanese embrace their own customs as they say “頂きます itadakimasu” before biting into the classic brown curry, which actually originated from India’s green curry. Ever seen a Japanese vending machine? Don’t be overwhelmed; it can make your life so much easier. And if you thought French maids and butlers were a 19th Century French thing, it’s part of 21st Century pop culture to Japan.
Don’t be too surprised just yet. There’s still so much more to Hello Kitty’s hometown than Japanese cats with Western names. Thus, I’ll leave this page at that. 宜しくお願いします yoroshiku onegaishimasu!