When living abroad, I think sometimes it's too easy to be critical of one's host country. But it's important to remember that every place has good points as well as bad points. I think perhaps I need to spend a little more time on the nice things about living here, lest I lapse into a world of bitterness and resentment.
The other day I was reminded of one of the things I find quite nice about people here in general. In America when you have a party, you're lucky if some of your good friends stick around afterwards to help you clean up. Back in college, my housemates and I would usually just go to sleep and clean up the next day.
|My kind of party.|
In Japan, however, when it's time to wind things down, most people will pitch in and make the cleaning process a whole lot smoother and quicker. This year Dylan and I held a Halloween party on the second floor of a cafe near Awaji (in Osaka). We expected to end the party around 8 or 9ish and stay an extra hour or so to clean up. When we gave everyone the cue to filter out, however, they started cleaning up! Brilliant. I think that's something I'll miss when I go back home (though not too much, as my party throwing days may be limited).
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