I often get asked questions about what living in Japan is like.
Of course, there are the serious questions, but those are no fun, so let’s talk about the silly ones!
1. Do people eat sushi/hibachi/[insert stereotypically Japanese food] all the time?
Actually, I’m not sure what hibachi is — I don’t think I’ve ever eaten it in Japan or in the US.
I keep meaning to ask someone, but, well, that hasn’t happened.
As for sushi, not all the time, but it would be a lie to say that I haven’t gone to a conveyor belt sushi restaurant this past week.
Many families I’ve visited eat things like miso soup, white rice, tofu, vegetable dishes, or some sort of fish on the regular.
My less-healthy (read: single and living on their own) friends regularly eat riceballs/onigiri or obento/lunch boxes with fried stuff in it. Delicious.
2. Whenever there is an emotional moment, do cherry blossoms float around in the breeze?
Wait, hold on.
Case study 1: Cherry blossom photo from one of the last days of tennis club in my old town.
Yes, I miss everyone. And, yes, I may have gotten some pollen or sunscreen in my eye when saying goodbye, but that’s completely different from crying, okay?
Case study 2: Sakura on the day I renewed my visa.
This was one of the very last days I was in my old area before I moved to Tokyo. Maybe visa-renewing isn’t one of the most emotional moments ever, but it signified a big change.
Whether or not I teared up in the immigration office is a secret among me, the immigration officers, and the waiting room full of people.
Conclusion to “Do cherry blossoms petals fall during emotional moments?”: Probably.
3. Has Godzilla attacked Tokyo yet?
Or is it?
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