I was thinking about life is different when you’re not living in your home country and it got me to thinking about things I no longer have now that I’m in Japan and a list of things I do have. There are a lot of things and the list could go on forever but I thought I’d write down a quick list while it’s fresh in my head.
What I no longer have since I moved to Japan
- an HD TV because I don’t care
- Xbox and DS games in English
- Taco Bell
- new shoes that fit (I’m a size 14 and order Vans from the U.S.)
- a car – not needed here
- a garbage disposal
- my brother always around
- a weekly bowling league
- Income taxes with the April 15th due date!
- Papa Murphy’s Pizza
- a big back yard
Here’s a list of things I do have in Japan. Some are the same as the U.S. but most things I probably wouldn’t have in the U.S.
- an amazing view both downtown and on the country side
- a microwave that bakes
- a fridge/freezer with an ice scooper, scoopin’ ice like a boss yo!
- postal service that delivers mail at 9pm
- naughty ‘maid delivery service’ flyers in my mailbox every once in a while (wtf? how is that legal?)
- $4-8 Ramen (not that $0.10 ramen that helped me survive during the University days)
- a pure bred Chihuahua (we’re a long ways from Mexico)
- oatmeal, but expensive oatmeal
- my new mega awesome Japanese family that we visit with often
- Dell customer service! They happened to have only 3 English keyboards in Japan (so they said) for my model and they came to my house and fixed my laptop right up.
- a small full size bed instead of the standard futon (we had a Queen, but it took up THE ENTIRE ROOM – for real)
- keyboards with keys in strange places and Japanese characters (so I buy my laptop aborad)
- a cell phone that takes photos with an extremely loud camera snap noise!
- a vpn and an unlocked iPhone
Feel free to add to the list and include your experiences below!