|ガイコク人ニッポン体験記 Jon's Chopsticks (ラダーシリーズ Level 3)|
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According to Ashley, Japanese people always ask her the same questions. These question are "Where are you from? How long have you been in Japan? Why did you come here? And, when are you going back to your country?"
This last question she finds a little rude. "Are people trying to tell me to go home?" she wonders.
The more you understand about the culture, the more rules you start to notice,"
an American would get mad at the waiter for not understanding. Only a Japanese person would get mad at himself instead,
"At first, I started leaving it just when I went to the bathroom. But now I put my computer bag on the table --- to claim a seat --- and leave it there while I go to the counter to order."
This time he "casually" dropped three 10,000 yen notes.
Sarah thought about the "finder's keepers" rule in America. This unofficial rule means this: if something small (like a pack of cigarettes) is lost, whoever finds it can keep it.
What is the hardest thing for Sophia about living in Japan --- even now that she has a good career and good friends? She would say the attitude of "There's nothing that can be done."
There's nothing that can be done.=仕方がない
If she accidentally made eye contact with a guy, he would soon get the wrong idea and come over. But in these Japanese clubs, she felt very free.
"Western guys who are less attractive to Western women are more attractive to Japanese women, and Japanese women who are less attractive to Japanese men are more attractive to Western men."
In West, men aren't supposed to sit on the train; the seats are for women and old people.
In America, talking is everything. Families sit around the dinner table talking. Friends sit at the bar talking. Parties require mingling and talking to new people. Work requires networking and presenting ideas.
In America, the first date always requires lots of conversation. Americans think it is important for couples to have similar opinions and ideas.
"It is great when the people and the places match. But sometimes they don't. When that happens, people should travel to find the place that suits them. That's what I did, and I'm so much happier."
"For example, in Japan, it is okay to pick your nose in public, but not blow your nose. In America it is the opposite; you can blow your nose in public, but you can't pick.
Once, I must have held the door open for about twenty women.