My first impression of Japan after three years in the UK (1)

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Jul 22, 2012 02:03 noodles
Long time no see. I stopped posting entries on Lang-8 in autumn when I started writing a paper in English. I think I was fed up with English writing then.

Today, I'd like to share my experience back in Japan for the first time since I left the country almost three years ago. It was not simple, actually. If you've never been to Japan and are now dreaming to visit there, you might be disappointed to read my essay. However, the impression would be quite different if you come from the Western world or other regions to Japan for the first time. Because you don't know much about Japan yet, and everything may look different and exciting. So maybe you don't have to worry too much.

The purpose of the trip was to show my 6 months-old son to his grandparents. Evidently, the grandparents showed sheer delight when they met him. The effect was totally phenomenal. I felt like we lit a light in my parents home for the first time in 20 years or something. Everything looked brighter and shinier. Baby seems to be special being for grandparents.

Also, I think, baby has time-machine-like function for us. When you look at your baby or your grandson/granddaughter, you'll naturally think about time when baby's parents were babies or babies' grandparents were babies. Then you'll probably open old photo albums for those ex-babies. Thus you can travel to 30 years ago and 60 years ago at once. This is also fun.

During the stay, I enjoyed lots of Japanese cuisine, such as genuine sushi, genuine ramen noodles, real tempura, real zarusoba, and unagi no seiromushi. They were all fantastic. I haven't got a serious problem with notorious British cuisine and I've actually found them quite nice. Nevertheless real Japanese foods tasted wonderful. Regrettably, perhaps because I was too excited, and because I was so tired, my stomach stopped working at the middle of the itinerary. So I could not fully enjoy all the meals in Japan. You've got be careful not to eat too much, you know.