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26 September 2010 @ 11:37 pm
Day 05 - Which, if any, Japanese mannerisms...  
Sorry guys for the lack of meme continuation yesterday. I was really excited about the prints! I was also a bit down. For reasons that I don't know (we don't really talk on the phone, we mainly talk in person), the love of my life has been too busy to see me this week. I really can't stand it. I want to live together so badly. If he was just here, not even talking, it would be fine. Later this week is our 6-month anniversary, and I'll have to remind him. But I only want to say it in person.. well, I suppose some people might understand how lonely I feel, not seeing someone I love for more than a week. As far as I'm concerned, we're meant to be together.. I really, really love him. I hope he doesn't run away, I would be devastated.. I want to spend every day together. ;_;

But, distractions distractions.. meme meme meme?

Day 05 - Which, if any, Japanese mannerisms or expressions have you adopted?

This is actually kind of hard to answer, because I don't really think about them. I probably don't even notice! But let's see..

- I tilt my head when I don't understand something.
- Usually followed by an "eh?"
- When listening to people I say "he~" or "un!" instead of yeah or wow.
- I bob my head in a kind of informal bow/acknowledgement to people on the street
- When surprised, I say "eeeehhhhh?!"
- I often say "itadakimasu" with the hand clasp before I eat, or "gochisousama" after.
- I can't think of a word in english! (This happens a lot. Usually when I want to say something to someone, or reply, I just can't describe the feeling or situation. This especially happens with words like natsukashii ("nostalgic"))
- I've been known to equate blood types to personalities and actually believe it (I noticed this very recently)
- I started to like food that is more subtle and less strong in flavor (what is wrong with me?)
- I started to kind of like rice! (I repeat, what is wrong with me? This is so weird.)
- When I get embarrassed, I shut up and duck my head, sometimes snuggling up to the embarrasser (depending on who it is). This is a very japanese-girl thing to do ^^;
- Looking at someone weird if they speak to me in english (doesn't count with english-speaking friends)
- Walking on the left side of the street. It makes sense to me-- cars on left, people on left. But I'm not sure this is really japanese, as people just kind of seem to walk all over. It holds true on the escalator, though. (But in other areas of the country I hear they stand on the right)
- Looking around when I hear a bicycle bell and moving over.
- Being very cutthroat when seeking a seat on the train (this is such a big deal in Japan, there are even books on good technique)
- Answering the phone with "hihi", which is actually something I think I picked up from an anime.
- Crying too much (like today). Sorry, but you all know crying is not taboo here in Japan, even for the bois.
- Making peace signs in photos.
- Taking useless boring photos of myself and posting them all over the internet (just take a look at anybody's mixi or idol's blog to see what I mean)

I'm sure that's not where it ends..

The Japan 30-day Meme ♡〜(ゝ。∂)

Day 01 - A picture of you "in Japan". (doing or wearing something "Japanese")
Day 02 - Describe your neighborhood in Japan.
Day 03 - Most interesting person you've met.
Day 04 - What's your favorite place that's not in any of the guidebooks/lists of places to visit?
Day 05 - Which, if any, Japanese mannerisms or expressions have you adopted?

Day 06 - Food that you swore you would never eat but now love (or tolerate).
Day 07 - Which Japanese words do you use in English? (hanami, shinkansen, etc.)
Day 08 - Are you a Herbivore or Carnivore? S or M?
Day 09 - Favorite stores/shopping centers.
Day 10 - Something about Japan that sets it apart from anywhere else.
Day 11 - What did you find most overrated and underrated about Japan?
Day 12 - Describe a fail!gaijin moment. (Where you did something wrong or completely misunderstood because you couldn't ~read the air~ or just plain had no idea what you were supposed to do because you weren't born and raised here) Describe a gaijin!smash moment .(Where your foreignness was to your benefit)
Day 13 - -Something about Japan that sets it apart from anywhere else.
Day 14 - What is the hardest thing about living in Japan versus your home country?
Day 15 - Weirdest food item you've seen, and weirdest food item you've actually eaten.
Day 16 - How you realised you'd acclimated to Japan. (if you have)
Day 17 - Your karaoke top 5, your sushi top 5, your conbini top 5.
Day 18 - Post some amusing/cute/faily purikura.
Day 19 - Your favorite Japanese character(s) and Gachapon/UFO Catcher toys
Day 20 - Favorite Japanese festival or folklore.
Day 21 - Favorite and least favorite Japanese fashion trends.
Day 22 - Your favorite Japanese saying or kotowaza (proverb).
Day 23 - What is something you have/do in Japan that you wish you had/could do in your home country?
Day 24 - Your favorite Japanese slang or borrow-word (外来語), e.g. セフレ "sex friend"
Day 25 - Most interesting vending machine find.
Day 26 - What's your favorite/least favorite train line.
Day 27 - Place you avoid going to if at all possible.
Day 28 - A picture of you looking like a weaboo/A picture of you trying to blend in and failing.
Day 29 - What's the thing you [will] miss most about Japan when you leave (either on vacation, or move away)?
Day 30 - Did Japan meet your expectations, both good and bad? What has been the most surprising thing about Japan for you, or the thing you least expected?

But some good news! Almost half of the mini-prints are gone! YAY! Get your orders in soon to be sure to get one! =^-^=
超ちゃ人: cute food: 顔(`・ω・´)弁当chochajin on September 26th, 2010 03:00 pm (UTC)
I feel lonely, too, lately, but I don't have anybody I'm in love with. So I can't really say I understand exactly how you must feel right now, but kind of?! :)

Haha, some of these are the same for me XD
Although for some reason I use "Haaa??" more often than "Eeeh?". I know it's rude, though, ahem. (but I only use it with my coworkers or students XD)
sleep_deprivedyurasama_love on September 26th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
I do the "shut up, head bob" thing when I get embarrassed too, but I glare endlessly at the person who embarrassed me.
I hope you and your ~love~ are able to get together for your anniversary!!!
Firsa Asahiasahifirsa on September 26th, 2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
For some reason after years back in my country I still clap and somewhat "kya" when I find something hilarious. I.e. when watching a movie or something. It's quite embarrassing...
Jor L.jordinothepizza on September 26th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
This post is really interesting to me!

I'm studying Linguistics in grad school, and the fact that you sometimes can't think of English words is exciting. It's a good sign that your brain is processing Japanese to the point of getting really fluent with it. And the more pieces of culture that you assimilate, the easier it is to learn a language. Okay, I'll stop geeking out about that now.

Anyway, I was also interested in the blood type personality thing. I've heard a little bit about it before, but not much. May I inquire what things you've noticed about personalities based on blood types?
ore-samathesundaywriter on September 26th, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
Even if it was short tripss each time, I've developed the habit of bowing. I never used to do it much, but now even when someone is speak I will nod my head from time to time a little in acknowledgement and when I meet people for the first time I'll do it too XD Oh, also when someone gives me something lol Also I was amazed by how everyone immediately lines up at one side of the escaltor, we don't get that much here, and I've taken to the habit of standing at the side too XD;; and I admit to doing the peace signs as well, and saying 'itadakimasu' before meals.

The other things is that I get Japanese and Chinese mixed up now, when I want to read something in Chinese mind mind is thinking of Japanese, and sometimes vice versa when I don't know how to read the word.
The Eunikarakurimi on September 26th, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
I like having the feeling of missing someone when they're away- it means I really care about them. I guess that is weird, but all of that makes me look forward to seeing the person again, especially if I know when I'd see them again. :)

Also, I've not been on LJ for a while and I'm really excited to see that you're sending out more prints! I'm ordering <3
alldreamsdie85alldreamsdie85 on September 26th, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC)
Haha I point at my nose when asking if someone's talking to me.
Yamiko Michiyamiko_michi on September 26th, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC)
i know how you feel I have been in a long distance relationship now for 6 years xD It gets really lonely and frustrating epically when either of us is too busy to talk. I hope things work out just try to relax and wait for him :)
A to the mutha fuckin L I Xmaidofstars on September 27th, 2010 06:23 am (UTC)
I studied abroad in Tokyo for four months and I found that when I came home I would always reply with "Mmm, mmm" and nod my head as an affirmative that I was listening. I do that sometimes anyway, but I noticed I did it a LOT more after returning to the US. I never really responded with "sosososo" though, hehe.
arthurfrdentarthurfrdent on September 27th, 2010 06:57 am (UTC)
just noticed the site design, since it doesn't come through on my phone... very nice. Also? very fun reading your meme ;)
Neffiline: AAA Sweetneffiline on September 27th, 2010 12:24 pm (UTC)
Jamie! I'm like you!! I can't stand it when I don't see the guy I love for a long time! Lately it's been hard because we are both busy! I wish so much we could be together every day. I often think "This must be just me" but I'm glad to see someone else out there feels this way too! Support!

I cry a lot too. And lately I say "Eeehhh!?" When I'm surprised. And I don't even live in Japan. XD Hahaha
☆: Bleach; Hitsugaya → snowflakeprowl on September 27th, 2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
I am sure he will call you soon. Then you two will have a great day together!

Your list was fun to read.