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02 March 2006 @ 10:23 pm
I've landed~!!  
I don't know WHY japanese candy aisles are not this large and full of goodness. Instead of reeses, we get dried salted squid meat, instead of wonka bars we get packages of an-pan (no offense if you like it, but it's not NEARLY sweet enough to be called a sweet imo).. ^-^;; Hisashiburi KYANDII!!! I ♥ chocolate!!

So, I've safely arrived in America after a rather long cruise about the Tokyo international airport trying to find the right gate. ^^ (Thank you, english-language information desk! ^__^) The 8-ish hour direct flight from Narita to Seattle was unventful except for the crying babies a few rows back, a little minor turbulence that had some people actually gasping (Fun!!!! Fun I say!!), and the too-often interruption of the in-flight entertainment for random announcements. But occasionally it was funny to watch some character getting frozen stiff with their butt in the air while the captain calmly announced that yes, we were still alive, still on time, and the wind/air temperature outside. ^^ Everyone had their own TVs on the back of the chair in front of them, and could choose from quite a few different channels, which I think is a GREAT idea!! I watched Rent and loved it, Mr. and Mrs. Smith and was mildly unimpressed despite having an old crush on beautiful Angeline Jolie, and the end of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire twice. Once, partly in what I think was mandarin Chinese. =D

In America, I got chosen for a random baggage-check. Was it because I was too perky after so many hours on a plane? Maybe they thought I was on drugs..... Okay, and now this is weird. I'm used to being asked in Japan if I'm a model, or told that I should be/look like one. But in America, from an American? The security guy thought that I had been in Japan to do modelling work. It's... I don't know how I feel about that. Honestly, I have no interest in being a model. I don't think that I look better than average (though I must be wrong since this keeps happening...), but it IS nice to hear, at least. ^^ I'm flattered.

PS: Ewwww I hate ergonomic keyboards.... so hard to use. And my Mom's graphics card is maybe the WORST in the world..My icon looks like a pile of fuzzy lines.. and this computer is SLOW as hell.... and I need to install japanese language support so that I can see all of the good stuff instead of little boxes! o.o.. okay, no more complaining!

So aaaaanyways, wow. CULTURE SHOCK. I seem to have totally forgotten a LOT about America. Some things that I noticed right away:
-Went to a store and EVERYONE looked so depressed!!! ;_; Maybe people just hide it better in Japan. I'm used to seeing people that work retail be all perky now...
-ENGLISH... only. I can't get used to it! Actually, somehow America feels really narrow-minded suddenly. I can't turn on the tv/radio and hear japanese or english. Only english. (maybe Spanish or the occasional other, but you know what I mean) Since when was this cultural melting-pot we lovingly call America so narrow-minded? Where is the language-diversity that I see so often in Japan? I guess it was always like this, but my perspective has REALLY changed, in ways that I never thought it would.......
-It's SO natural to say "hai" and "sumimasen," etc, now. I have to stop and think before I say something! o.o;;

In a way, I'm glad to be here visiting. I'm really looking forward to seeing my friends, and I'm looking forward to getting over the sore throat that I started to have yesterday so that I can eat some taco bell and pizza hut! But I realize how how much Japan has become my home, and I miss it severely already. I will have lots of fun this vacation, but I am glad that I picked Japan to be the place that I want to live forever. There just isn't any other place that I'd rather be...

Saaaaaa..... on the total plus side, YEAH BABY I FEEL SO CREATIVE!!! I am going to sit down and be creative about my manga tonight before falling asleep!!! (No jet lag somehow...) Creativity is my one true love ^___________________________^
aly Says \ ألينramble_corner on March 3rd, 2006 06:55 am (UTC)
LOL glad to heat you landed safely ...
your journey sounds fun. Glad it wasn't too dull for you ^^
ehehe hope you brought lots of song with you to hear there since I'm guessing the one you've got now is not your usual fare.
Owlsie .:*・°☆: KeviRyo [You & me]alsie on March 3rd, 2006 07:03 am (UTC)
You and your candy. X3 Heeee~ ::snugs tight!:: You're so cute, sis.

The whole thing about America being a "melting-pot"...It so isn't, I agree. -_- Or maybe this is just because my eyes have opened (wider) due to the ethnics class I'm currently taking. America IS close-minded, and that really, really sucks.

Maybe we should stop by the International District? Hehe

And the flight was only 8 hours? That seems really short! My flight from MA to WA was 6! O_o Huh...

Love ya!!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 3rd, 2006 07:27 am (UTC)
I think that America isn't as diverse as they claim to be, but I will give it a lot of credit. Nowadays, in terms of race, we are maybe the least closeted nation, and I think that is something worthy of praise. While there are still issues of prejudice (especially with people coming from the Middle East), I'd like to think that at least America has the right idea. That is, accepting people for who they are. The theory is good, though harder to put into practice.

In ideals... yeah, I think that in some ways, America is very modern and progressive (compared to many other countries), but also in some ways it's very backwards. I'm not entirely sure if they have the right priorities in place either (speaking about the people as a whole, and the government as well).

LOL Why did I know you would say international district! LOL!! I'm happy to go there if you want to, BUT think about where I just came from, and what I see every day.... XD Okay, maybe a visit is GOOD and I can point out to you lots of yummy things. ^__^ But I'm SO not gonna eat japanese food. XD

Does your family mind if I make dinner for them one night? I brought yakiniku sauce and I think it'd totally be fun to cook for them!!! Oh god Yakiniku is to DIE for! Maybe we could invite Trey over for that also.... (gotta touch bases with both of you on dates, though plans haven't changed. Just to get exact times and things. I'll call you tomorrow like I said ^^)
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jean_kun on March 3rd, 2006 07:12 am (UTC)
That's why I want to go to Japan! American culture isn't all what it's cracked up to be. And I'm sad if I don't listen to Japanese music, even if I know it will never be on the radio XDD

Well, I'm glad you made it here safely, I hope you have the best vacation ever! And I hope you get your fill of candy and junk food while here, too :D
soratinosoratino on March 3rd, 2006 07:16 am (UTC)
mmmmm~ Candy.
^^ Fights are fun, sometimes. I want to watch rent~
Did you find it weird, to have "culture shock" in your homecounty? xDD
um, how long have you been in Japan again? I'm not sure. I don't know, to have culture shock in your own country, well, me, living in Canada allll my life, I can't imagine it!

Anyways. um. ...have fun in the US! xD
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 3rd, 2006 07:29 am (UTC)
I knew that it would be a little weird to come back again, but I didn't realize how weird. I've lived in Japan for 1 1/2 years, and it feels so much like home that I'd forgotten how different it is from America. At least from small-city America.
バクshuyuki on March 3rd, 2006 07:32 am (UTC)
Glad you made it here safely! X3

Can you smell the American already? *_* Wow, depressed...? That's weird!

...I prefer Asian snacks(especially stuff like nori maki and stuff) to American candy, to be really honest. XD I LOVE dried squid. XDDD~~ To each their own though! But you're right about the isles in markets being much smaller. Man, practically nothing there. x_X
Crowunlimitedblack on March 3rd, 2006 08:18 am (UTC)
Welcome back! ^_^

Ha, I think I remember reading about when you first arrived in Japan, talking about the culture shock of being there instead of the States -- it's amazing to see how much you've adapted to that lifestyle, only to come back to this. Must be an interesting perspective...

Well, I'm pretty sure Tucson's not on your list of Important Places to Visit, but I'm happy to know you're back, even if it's only a little while. Have fun!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 4th, 2006 06:58 am (UTC)
Yeah I guess it's kinda like reverse-culture shock this time! =D

I'm going to be up in Phoenix for a few days! ^__^ Not Tuscon, but it's close!! ^^
Jey: BleachMyu | Ooguchi Kengochynoi on March 3rd, 2006 09:09 am (UTC)
Good to hear that you arrived safely~ Have fun visiting! ^^
BUNNY [Spocktimus Prime]soloproject on March 3rd, 2006 10:55 am (UTC)
Haha, I'm going to the US in a few weeks and I'm so ready for "random" baggage check. xD It's not really random! It's for people who buy their tickets out of the country. D8
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 4th, 2006 06:59 am (UTC)
=D I dunno about that... there were a LOT of japanese people who had obviously bought their tickets in Japan on the plane.....
-: Aiba-chan~stringalchemist on March 3rd, 2006 11:47 am (UTC)
Haha, I never realized the amount of candy stores have until I saw your picture (given, it's different for every store but still, America is like, candy-heaven x3). I think the same thing happened to me when I went to China for two monthes and came back. I couldn't stop speaking Cantonese and had to think about what I was going to say in English :D

Hope you have fun!~
Mika Kitsunemikakitsune on March 3rd, 2006 12:45 pm (UTC)
Glad you arrived savely ^^

It really must be hard after being so long in Japan....even when I came back after the few days I was there I had to fight the urge to say "sumimasen" everytime XD

Have lots of fun, ne? ^^

(candy-heaven~ *-* !)
long gone with her red shoes on: flower sunredshoeson on March 3rd, 2006 12:58 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear you made it okay! :D
angeangelamori on March 3rd, 2006 12:59 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you got home safe. :))))

Stock up on snacks! Hahaha~
Glenburning_batsu on March 3rd, 2006 01:15 pm (UTC)
*reads your comment about snacks*

But... but you get pocky! POCKY!

*wishes I could get it without forking out $4 a box here* >_
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 4th, 2006 06:59 am (UTC)
But Pocky is so... bland. Don't you think? I don't think that it has a lot of flavor to it...
chocoxberrychocoxberry on March 3rd, 2006 02:01 pm (UTC)
aww glad you made it to the states ^_^ I havent been back there in like 4 years ^_^;; but yea, Japan is so different from the US...
lol depressed people at stores xD? eh, i think its too much of the overly-helpful people in the convenience stores and such ^_^;
Just a Little Wrecklessloneprism on March 3rd, 2006 02:06 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear you are back, if at least for a visit. Kinda sucks that I'm over here on the other side of the US, otherwise I would SOOOOOOOOO tackleglomp you over... and give you a mouthfull of some random chocolate candehsomething o.o;; Hope things are going well, and you enjoy your stay before heading back. Well.. work time~ Talk to you later!! <3
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 4th, 2006 07:00 am (UTC)
Re: Fwah~!
^______^ Where are you now? I'm going to be coming to Phoenix for a few days!! ^__^
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