13 SIGNS THAT SAY YOU’VE BEEN IN JAPAN TOO LONG
1. People stop complementing you on your Japanese language and start asking you where you had your eyes done.
2. You run into an escalator and stay on the left. In Japan, people who walk in escalators walk in the right. Those who prefer to stay put, stays on the left.
3. You find yourself bowing while talking on the phone.
4. Your favorite chocolate is called Melty Kiss and that phrase don’t puzzle you at all.
5. The Yakult lady at your previous office canteen knows you by name (and emails you from time to time!).
6. You miss your transparent umbrellas.
7. You develop a liking to Haagen-Dazs green tea flavored ice cream.
8. You notice you’ve forgotten how to tie shoelaces.
9. You are disgusted why there’s no hot beverages in the vending machines outside Japan.
10. You are not interested in TV shows telling newcomers “All About Japan”.
11. You talk to your brother who is also in Japan and converse entirely in Japanese (and you both enjoy it)!
12. You are back in your home country for a short visit and wait for the taxi or every shop door to open automatically.
13. You stupidly wait for a ‘kanpai’ at an all-foreigner’s party.
I have been in Japan for more than 10 years before relocating to Dubai and I thought about this while on my way to work this morning. I enjoyed doing this list, I might come up with another set. 🙂