I rarely talk about my experiences in Japan with my friends. Mostly because:
1) I believe that people could careless. Not everyone wants to hear about your travels
2) There’s not much to talk about. I live in Japan and travel a lot. End of story.
3) I’m too lazy to share…
California represent!! omg so many feels! Thank you so much for posting this!! ;_____; I thought I was the only one who went through this…
I love the life I’ve built living in Japan, but man…somedays I just wanna go back home to California. Go to Albertsons, walk in and grab some comfort food and bounce. To feel comfortable and not awkward all the time? Hells yes, please!
Not to mention the multicultural awesomeness?! To be honest, I’ve never questioned my identity as much as I have living here…
I have a similar story too! For a while so many people got really confused about me being a Japanese American, that I started to get confused why they were confused. It became a pattern when I would introduce myself to people here in my small town. My self-introduction literally became: “Hi nice to meet you. I’m the new ALT. I’m from California. I studied Japanese since college, I don’t speak it at home. My parents can barely speak Japanese, but DNA wise I’m 100% Japanese (hence why I look ‘Japanese’). But yes, we do have the Japanese culture. I’m 4th generation nikkei and my family has been living in America since the war.” Every self-introduction became me having to tell them my mini-life story and cement my existence to a person I didn’t even know.
However, to this day, my biggest pet peeve is when I do something and people write it off as, “Oh, that’s because you’re Japanese”. Why is my action justified because I’m Japanese? For one, I’m Japanese American (I’ve learned that’s not the same). Why can’t you just say it was because it was ME, as a person, doing it?
To be honest, I’ve accepted it. It’s Japan. Every country and its people has its quirks. It’s made me appreciate what a great place I grew up in and what I have now.
If you ever want to connect with a fellow Asian American JET lemme know! :D