Sunday, September 8, 2013
Before coming to Japan I thought I knew a fair bit of the culture, but upon arival I quickly learned how nieve i really am. The washrooms, unless western style, are pit toilets at ground level where you squat facing the wall; people here are so kind and the family I am staying with will do anything to please me (I can`t even wash my own dishes or do my own laundry); I also sleep on bamboo to keep cool at night (quite innovative). I can now say that I am fully adjusted to the time difference and enjoying every moment. The CCIA and Lions Club dressed me in the most beautiful kimono that would usually rent for 5,000+ canadian dollars. I even visited Yokohama, as well as go through a ritiual process at the Tsuruoka Hachimangu Temple which dates back to 1063AD. As for the different and unique food, I have tried snail, salmon eggs, sweet potato ice crem, and even horse. I promise to post photos soon.