It's a little racist, but a truth nonetheless;
Japanese people really don't understand, on a fundamental level, THE HANDSHAKE.
You see, before the gaijin invaded, Japanese people didn't shake hands. Like, EVER. In fact, the concept of physically touching anyone, for the purpose of greetings, or introducing yourself, or doing business, or even just agreeing on how awesome something is, was always accompanied by the BOW. And ohmygoodness, do they know how to bow... but I digress.
Now- Japan is a pretty awesome place and, as a country, they make a significant effort to be "international-y." They've tried to adopt the universal concept of the handshake. And it seems like they just don't quite get it. I feel like 99% of the time I'm gifted this weak-but-somehow-still-awkwardly-stiff version of what I'm used to back home. It's almost as if some White Dude called Japan with verbal instructions on how to shake a hand, and something got lost in translation. I think that maybe it goes against some ingrained genetic motif.
But that's enough of that.
So I went back to Canada over Golden Week this year... and things just basically "hit the fan." I'm not going to bore you with the details- if you know me well enough, then you already know what happened. For those of you who don't me well enough, this is the PG-13 version;
But unlike my Christmas vacation, I couldn't wait to get back to Japan. On a personal level, situations have changed. ALSO, these days, there are SO MANY THINGS going on. Work, school, friends, and generally living in Tokyo occupies all of my time. Also, for the first time since I've arrived, Japan has really started to feel like home.
Since I've been back, I've taken a great deal of pictures of ridiculous things. Living in Tokyo basically means that I'm never bored. I have no time to be sitting on my thumbs. Cue the shameless photo dump...
Harajuku on a Sunday afternoon... no idea what these guys were waiting for, but they stood there for over 2 hours.
A GIANT OBVIOUS PUN that apparently only I noticed...
This was also delicious, but haunted my nightmares...
And with that, I say goodnight!
P.s. I'm sorry that I suck at updating.