Was in a British bar on Sunday night for a works leaving party and who should walk in but Liverpool indie band ‘The Zutons‘ who were playing a gig the following night. Thought it was a bit sad that they ended up in such a place when they’re probably only in the country for a week. I think I can get away with it as I’ve been here a long time now and feel that they are far more convenient than the Japanese izakaya’s where you always have to pay a small sum for a starter dish that I don’t want and also being sat down at a table the whole time and not being able to move about is not something I am always too keen on.
It also got me thinking that maybe the reason I like Japan is not because I’m living a full Japanese lifestyle but because I’m living in the comfort of a very English existence or “Under an English umbrella” as a wise-man once said to me. Sorry to ruin the illusion some of you may have but I’m not sat at a low table in my room eating sushi in my kimono with a geisha sharpening my samurai sword while watching the sumo on TV. Well not always anyway!!
Instead I read English in terms of books and magazines, I listen to English via BBC radio on-line and downloadable podcasts, I watch English satelite TV and download the stuff from back home and of course I speak English both in my job and predominantly in my social life too. I speak English to my Japanese friends who I met in Australia mostly out of habit not that I’m capable of having a decent Japanese conversation anyway. My other Japanese friends are keen to learn and practise their English
In fact it’s only really when I leave my house that I know I’m really in Japan. I do eat Japanese food most of the time but of course the golden arches are always in sight should I want a bit more of an international taste though even then I tend to choose the teriyaki burger which is only available in Japan. Nothing better than the ‘real’ taste of a country!!