SOME THINGS I MISS ABOUT JAPAN
Not in any particular order. I honestly miss everything. This was going to be a top ten, but I couldn't stop! Take me home, @EricElkins!!
- •VENDING MACHINESThis makes me want to cry sometimes. I miss my royal milk tea and melon bread with a physical pain.
- •Impressing people with my knowledge of Japanese.People always looked so thrilled there, even though it's the native language!! Here it's just "omg ew you weaboo"
- •OBSCURE ANIME ISN'T OBSCURENobody is going to recognize my super cool Gatchaman Crowds shirt here except a select few, and I won't be finding merchandise for it anywhere because it's so not in the mainstream. In Japan I could go sing the theme song for karaoke whenever I wanted and probably go with a large group who'd enjoy that, too!
- •Gachapon machines...I probably spent a good $30 on those while I was there... With no regrets. I want more buttons and charms from my series!!
- •CONVENIENCE STORESwhere do I even start oh no these are the best
- •Convenience stores part twoBuns filled with noodles! Rice balls filled with salmon! Sweet dango, mochi, custard buns and those little Pokemon finger puppet things all in one stop with a whole isle of cup noodles (honestly this is where I want to live)
- •BIG ASS PEACHESYeah they were five dollars a piece but the sweetest and most succulent fruit I've probably ever had also
- •Fast food eel on rice breakfastsJust breakfasts in general. Soup and fish... Mm...
- •SWEETSShower candy and the aforementioned melon bread, dango, and mochi. Custard and chocolate filled buns or hot Taiyaki. I don't think more needs to be said.
- •A K I H A B A R A(my home)Six hours was not enough time in the heaven of anime merchandise. So many floors! So much stuff!! Charms and pillows and fan books, oh my!!
- •Smells to suit the citiesYokohama smelled of fried food, and Kyoto of incense and wet wood. Every place had its own character and personality. It was really beautiful.
- •A very otherworldly sense of things going on.It's easy to see where series like Noragami and Durarara get their inspiration for supernatural mingling. I thought there were going to be a lot more ghosts and fox spirits than I ended up seeing.
- •NOODLESSo many noodles. Lots of tasty ramen and udon with tempura shrimp.
- •Super cool museums and hidden spotsThe cup noodle museum is a must visit for anyone in Japan temporarily. And all the parks are beautiful. Also, Kurama Temple is a place I'll remember a long time.
- •Honestly, I miss everything.I wish the whole trip hadn't felt like a dream. I want to go back.