Whenever I visit a new place, I always try to get a feel as to whether I could see myself living there or not. It only took a couple of days in Japan for me to determine that I could definitely live there. To me it seemed as if Japan had used Switzerland as their model country, and then they tried to improve on all the little things that I don't like about Switzerland, but I'm not going to get into all that now because Mrs. TBF has asked me to not "break bad" on Switzerland.
I'm a big city guy, and Tokyo is now officially in my top five "cities where I could live" along with Chicago, Paris, London, and Honolulu!
A city of 12+ million people where I tower over 99% of the population, with all the sushi/sukiyaki/tempura/noodles/etc. I could eat, baseball, and Japanese schoolgirl uniforms would suit me just fine. The Japanese language sounded like something I could learn (a Japanese-American doctor in Kyoto told me that Japanese is actually fairly easy to learn to speak), I got used to the bowing-every-two-minutes thing, a constantly squeaky-clean bum was a pleasure, and I liked the hot wash cloths before every meal.
Living there? No problem!
I could get used to the driving on the other side of the road thing (probably wouldn't even have a car), I'd learn to duck to avoid hitting my head on something every three minutes, and I'd even welcome the ever-present danger of a civilization-ending earthquake.
I even broached the topic with Mrs. TBF since...well...she'd have to get a job, and she even seemed to think that it was a place where she could also see herself living. That was until she discovered that Japan has...SPIDERS!
We will NOT be moving to Tokyo.
Ouch! I've had those big gorilla spiders go across my basement suite too many times and that scared the crap out of me! I was told they were fine, but we do also have black widows.. Now those I don't want to see...
You need a paper clip in with that spider to give it some size relation. Mrs. TBF should NEVER visit South Carolina.
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