First Sunday in Ashoro...what to do???

Trip Start Aug 30, 2010
Trip End Aug 26, 2011

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Flag of Japan  , Hokkaido,
Sunday, September 5, 2010

Today I did basically the same thing as yesterday so I won't bore you all with the details. I went to the gym and went for a walk around a different part of town. Be sure to check out the pictures though!

So since I have nothing really to add to this blog, I thought I'd tell you all some little details about Japan that make it so different from home for me.

-->Ashoro is situated in a valley almost. It's surrounded by foothills. They are covered in trees and when it rains here and the mist rolls on through it looks very similar to some places BC. Very nice.
-->Nobody signs their name anywhere here. Everyone has their own stamp with there name or initials on it. Every business has an ink pad to wet your stamp with so you can stamp your cell phone contract or bank receipt or work contract etc etc. My stamp says E Buie on it. It's white and came in a nice black case.
-->When you pass things to the Japanese (like money, your passport, a pen, everything and anything really), they always accept it with two hands. Very respectful. Tip: If a Japanese person were to give you their business card, accept it with two hands and first admire both sides and then after a little while you can put it in your pocket. do not do it right away because it is disrespectful.
-->At businesses, when you are given something (for example at the bank when the teller gives you money or at the cell phone store when the clerk gives you your phone) they give it to you in little dishes. They pass them to you very gently.
-->People bow here all of the time! Numerous times during one conversation.
-->One of the most commonly used words in Japan is "hai." It means yes, pronounced like we would say hi. You can't go somewhere and not hear "hai" numerous times.
-->If you are the first to leave the office and go home at the end of the (which I always am), you say a phrase which basically means I'm sorry for leaving while you guys stay here and work. Everyone then turns and looks at you and says it's OK.
-->They call me Evan san. San gets put behind peoples name and means Mr. or Mrs. or Ms.

Feel free to comment on everything and anything people! I like reading them because it lets me know that people are reading these and that they are somewhat interested.
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Pauline on

Hi Evan, Mom sent me the link to your blog, really enjoyed reading it, its so nice for us to keep in touch with what is happening in your life, especially for Mom who will be worrying about you all the time, this wll ease her mind that all is well. Keep up the good work and have lots of fun there. It will be a fantastic experience for you.

Mike fairbank on

Hi Evan, sounds this the adventure of lifetime very interesting. and everyone being so friendly and welcoming you. keeep this blog going as we are following closely.have you seen any farms yet or old stuff. everywhere seem so clean and tidy, us canadians could take a few lessons on that..

Bonnie on

What a wonderful account of your days! I am really enjoying reading your blog and all the beautiful pictures. Keep up the great work. You are right the slippers are away too small for you. Cute picture though! I just had time to start reading your blog today as I have been very busy with the beginning of school however I did go back to your first day as I didn't want to miss any of the entries. Great Job!!

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