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in the early 70s I spent time in--

Tokyo (Minami Senzoku), Kichijoji, Hibarigaoka, and Yamato--

I loved it. I don't have much Asian "blood" (though there is a family legend that we have an Asian ancestor), so I had no connections with family there--

I lived 'on the economy', though--that's what it was called back then--where I only visited an American-style grocery store for the cultural experience; I used the little street markets, where you get fish at one store, chicken at another, some veggies at one, etc.--

never saw an American home when I was there, and I admit that I love the traditional Japanese home, even if it's a tiny apartment--

LOL!

I'd rather have a Japanese home than an American one, but it's very costly to get over here--

I like how the bath (ofuro) is separate from everything else--

Yes, tofu, the corner 'cafe' with the big pot of stock with chicken feet in it--

the entire thing--

I never missed American food, but I did miss Mexican food--

:)

I don't eat wheat, but I do eat rice--

Being in Japan was what opened my eyes politically; I met some very interesting people, older people who had experienced the war who helped me to see that, though the Japanese government/military was certainly guilty of some crimes, the Japanese people were as clueless as Americans were--

I saw their perspective, and it was mind-changing.

Oh well--

I'm forgetting a lot of it; I did speak Japanese for a while, but I've forgotten most of it; the problem is that Japanese is a very fluid language and has changed so much, taken on so many American/Western words--

but watching movies such as this:

http://www.criterion.com/films/875-early-summer

I find that Japanese very easy to understand.

The modern Japanese culture really blows my little, old mind--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--