Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Will Miss #73 - being seen as "special" for no good reason
It is my opinion that many foreigners (of non-Asian descent) fall in love with and ultimately become addicted to life in Japan because they can be spectacularly ordinary, but are viewed as extraordinary merely by existing in this particular geographic location. People are more interested in you. You're often treated deferentially or invited to dinner, drinks, or parties even if you have no or a very marginal relationship with the people inviting you.
Right now, I'm rather weary of the sense of being special for superficial reasons, but I'm betting I'll miss it after I go.