The religiosity. While some Japanese still hold to Buddhist, Daoist, Shinto or various animist religions/spiritualities, and some have even embraced Western religions, they are far less important here. Perhaps the long duration of Japanese culture through a multitude of enforced religions and influences has led to the inevitable maturation of the group mentality and minimization of such superstition and dogma. Some people believe, whatever it is they wish to, while other's don't and it simply isn't that important. Everyone can be friends, more or less (other societal factors, like douchebaggery, aside). I've read a statistic that something like 76% of Japanese consider themselves atheists (and/or agnostic). Generally it would seem that they believe there are more important things to concern themselves with, such as space technologies, efficiency, customer service, facilitating a cohesive communal society and national healthcare. I agree with this whole heartedly. The sheer number of the religious right in the US is something I find deeply unnerving.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Monday, September 23, 2013
Being away from home for so long, I was curious to learn what things I would miss. Some I expected, like missing my friends, family and various cohorts, while other things were more surprising.
Some of the things I miss, in no particular order:
Chilling with my friends, drinking any random microbrew, distinctive...or just plain cheap beer we happened upon.
Fluffy, spicy percolated clouds and the good company. Some cozy, some cute, all enjoyable.
Pizza nights! Taco nights! Any excuse to gather, grub, and socialize was fun. Not that we don't do that here, but my jokes don't go over as well.
People getting my sarcasm...the easy comfort of joking with old friends, nothing lost in translation.
Good beer and the huge varieties readily available at a wide array of locations and all so cheap compared to Japan! Beer is sold by the can/bottle here and is usually about $2US for one, large, can. No 40s in sight. I don't miss 40s, but buying a 6-pack of bottles for $8US sure was nice.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
I've been quite the busy lady... As such, I've neglected this little blog of mine.
However, I feel it is a good time to remedy this... I now have blogger on my iPhone, thus rendering me capable of collecting my thoughts into drafts while I'm at my most active and creative...
More to come very soon.