Ironically, I spent the day not in Japan, but making a connection in Taipei after a 9 day holiday to Thailand. How fitting that the week leading up to my one-year centennial with Japan was spent enjoying a well-deserved first-trip outside the country.
Here are some things I've learned during my one year in Japan.
The strap that dangles from your cell phone is more important than the phone itself.
It's better to be cute than hot.
Leave things the way you found them.
Take off your shoes.
The best place to nap is on a train.
"On time" is late.
Home insulation was a very, very good idea.
Sometimes just showing someone that you thought of them is more important than how you express it.
All-you-can-drink menus are so overrated. All-you-can eat menus are not.
In the pursuit of a harmonious, conflict-less society, Japan has accidentally become one of the most socialist cultures in the world.
Emoticons are extremely important.
Tie clips are awesome.
A human being can get used to just about anything.