Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Great Place to Live #1

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).


  1. I'm sure you'll think of others after you leave.

    When I left Tokyo I was happy and relieved to get out of there. Now when I think of it, my mind doesn't allow me to remember the packed trains and the crowds. I really miss it.

  2. Yeah, I'm sure I will. After my first and second times in Japan, I missed many things when I went back to the States.