Doh! I didn’t know I had a five hour layover! What’s a girl to do when she has nothing to do? Luckily, the folks at Incheon Airport thought of everything! There are enough high-end shops in this place to make Vegas look bad. Gucci and Louis are definitely representing! There are about 10 duty free shops within a five minute walk!
I was lucky enough to catch Roppongi Art Night! I didn’t expect to be out so late, but it was cool to see the sights!
Here’s a link for more info!
*Note this was a post from a friend who left Japan. I think I feel the same way!
YESTERDAY I LEFT HIROSHIMA AFTER 4.5 YEARS!!! Met my wife, got married, and had our son in Hiroshima. Not too bad a catch! Oh, and I got a pair of chopsticks from Daiso that look pretty. Those must be in the same group, along with my “I lived in Japan for 4.5 years and all I got was this stupid T-shirt” hat.
Special goodbye to the town of Yoshida; our apartment; NHK Starbucks; Subway; the checkout ladies at Yours Supermarket; all the bars/eateries that no longer exist and some that that still do; Miyajima; the Peace Park; Sandankyo; Arteco House; my old students; basketball friends; and all our friends (that we’ll soon see again, right?!). Here’s a list (in no particular order) to summarize my experience:
5 THINGS I WON’T MISS ABOUT LIVING IN JAPAN/HIROSHIMA:
-the popular imagery and perceptions of Japan; the “uniqueness”
-us vs them mentality, and compartmentalization
-problematic expectations and assumptions
-the “self” complex and Japanese-style pride, ego, and selfishness; lack of empathy
-acceptance of a prescribed ideas and lack of questioning, curiosity, honest critiquing
+runner-up: oft-used yet meaningless catchphrases and words
5 THINGS I WILL MISS ABOUT LIVING IN JAPAN/HIROSHIMA:
-hypocritically invoking foreignness or using the cultural/social loopholes for personal benefit (gaijin smash!)
-all the lovely people and places we can’t visit whenever we want :(
-the almost ubiquitous concept of nomitabehodai (all-you-can-eat-and-drink)
-the “diamonds in the rough” Japanese individuals who draw both fear and respect, as well as jealousy and hatred, from others – stay strong!
-all the quirky, cute, and interesting things that most foreigners and Japanese people are completely unaware of, but make the experience of living there vastly more interesting than the popular myths and perception
+runner-up: the different kinds of karaage (fried chicken)