You know you’re in Japan (and not a local) when…
…you run out with money in hand to what you think is the ice-cream man. Then after looking around confused, you realize it’s the garbage collectors truck playing that sweet music. Not funny guys… not funny.
…you go for a jog outside, in public and alone. It’s extremely rare around here.
…you hesitate washing your hands because the sink oddly resembles a yurnle.
…after looking both ways, you casually walk to the other side of the road… even when the crosswalk sign signals “wait”. You’ll often see several local pedestrians patiently standing at a crosswalk waiting with absolutely no chance of a car coming in either direction.
…you board a train without some sort of personal electronic entertainment system.
…your friends think they order chicken and beef and instead, get served blubber and liver.
…you go to stick a thermometer in your mouth at the doctors office and they panic before acting out the clarification. Turns out it goes under your armpit, oops.
…you return for the third time trying to by spearmint gum. What was attempt number one and two? Melon and lemon lime.
…you’re the only one not in the single file line.
…you think everyone is greeting you until you learn that “Hi” really means “yes”.
…the toilet has more buttons than your smart phone.
…your taxi driver is wearing a bow tie.
…there’s no one working behind the counter and there’s just various money left to make change for whatever you are taking out of the store.
…you stop to take a photo of the children’s “game section” of the grocery store.