I guess I’ll try to keep it brief since I already blogged today, but I wanted to talk more about Japan itself a little bit which I feel I’ve been neglecting lately in favor of more personal issues.
First of all, the weather has been really nice since the typhoon. I probably jinxed it, but it hasn’t even rained during the day time since then. It’s been sunny and not too humid at all. A nice breeze is usually present. Aside from the mosquitos, I’ve been enjoying the outdoors a lot. Shame that I’m trapped in all these city streets.
Which brings me to my next subject. Studies have shown that in many cases, overexposure to man-made structures (aka the city) can cause increased stress and lack of focus. There are many, probably more relevant, factors in play here but what I want more than almost anything right now is to get out of the city and spend a day in nature. I want to see some of the surrounding mountain ranges up close and visit the beach and explore the countryside. I wouldn’t say I’m “small town” by any means, but I’ve never lived in a CITY city. So I think I’m a little bit overwhelmed by the environment itself which has taken a toll on my focus, work ethic and stress levels.
Really quick I need to discuss how much I love Nanzan’s food options. Katsu curry is one of the greatest things known to man and I know that any restaurant could do it better but the cafeterias on campus do a fabulous job in terms of pricing and portioning. Way more affordable than Mizzou. 400 yen for a pork patty, heaps of rice and smothered in curry? Yes please everyday. Also they have a massive hot dog for a couple of bucks.
Suffice to say the magic of the conbenii is starting to wear thin, however. I would cook a lot more of my own meals but between my constant exhaustion/anxiety and the sheer intimidation brought on by my roommate’s cooking skills I just haven’t been motivated to come up with homemade dinners. They can microwave a mean spaghetti over at Lawson but I really miss the comfort of my own kitchen. (That is to say, I have a kitchen but I don’t want to look like an amateur using it. Pathetic I know Dx)
In any case, the steady flow of assignments is grating at my sanity but I’d be a hypocrite if I said I hated it. It’s what I came here to do. But I think nearly anybody would agree that it’d be nice to catch a break every so often because staring at a textbook all day while you’re living in fucking Japan just spells torture.
That’s about it for now on the subject of Japan, I guess. I’d like to finish off with a question because I’m really interested in other peoples’ opinions on this topic. I was originally going on here to rant again but it’s not something that bothers me in particular, but I’m just not sure if I’m in the minority about this and didn’t want to spout off ignorance without getting some feedback.
Do you consider it rude to compliment people in front of others (on a skill or trait mutual to another person present)?
I might just be an overly sensitive douche but it’s honestly not a personal issue with me. I do care what people think about me but I’m not like going to snap on the spot if you aren’t smothering me in compliments all the time. I just know, as an example, when I’m told that I’m really good at something, like maybe Mario Kart, in front of other people who are doing their best, I feel guilty. I feel like it’s obvious, in a way, when somebody has a mutual trait or skill and one person is decidedly better, it would save some butthurt on either end to just let it go assumed. And I don’t like to upset people (even if I don’t know for sure if it would), I’d rather not risk it. But it seems like many people tend to disregard others’ feelings or simply assume the opposite. I think it’s because I’m personally quite sensitive that I am maybe more attentive to the feelings of others. I don’t know.
So that’s my thing for the night. Thoughts of your own are welcome. Byebye~