Konbanwa, sweet Japan
Trip Start Mar 11, 2006
45Trip End Aug 01, 2006
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I'll just close with a few miscellaneous observations of Japan:
a) Though we had loads of new experiences, to be honest Japan didn't feel all that different from home, a feeling that both Ryan and I noted and were surprised by. Perhaps it was for me being somewhat familiar with some aspects of Asian cultures between growing up in Irvine, piano lessons at Yamaha, and of course 4 years at Cal, or perhaps Japan and the US are not all that different, both a product of good people working hard in a fairly stable environment to do well for their families and country
b) There are more red and blue swirl-striped barber poles in Japan than I've ever seen in my damn life. No theory here, just a lil' FYI.
Moral of the story: I forgot to mention that earlier I learned a touch of Japanese before arriving and let me just say that I was practically accepted as a native. Just ask any of the dozens of people I bellowed "good evening" at regardless of the actual position of the sun at the moment.