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December 18, 2003




shockingly shockable
It continues.

I can't help but feel that people are lying to me. It sounds like paranoia, putting it that way, but it's hard for me to not think about it. Americans are constantly bombarded with the idea of truth and honesty; and here, there are different values that are important: such as keeping harmony between people, even if it means lying. Oh, well. As Chris Rock put it: "You a liar! You a liar! You all motha-fuckin' liars!" (or something to that sort)

Japan's society is said to be called a "giri-shakai." What giri-shakai basically translates to is a society of obligation. People feel obligated to do things despite what their true intentions are. People can lie with their actions too.

My friend, Eric, told me that it's pretty standard for the culture shock to kick in at around the 3rd month. Well, despite all of this, I'm not going back home for the holidays. Yep, I'm sticking through it here until next August.

Ben told me today that he's planning on joining the U.S. Navy. It may sound strange, but he's told me that there's some way that non-US citizens can join the Navy (let's remember that Ben is Japanese). I can't emphasize how much of a cool guy he is.

In another shock-related event, I got a Christmas card from Jenn who's doing a study abroad in Taiwan. Hello, there! Thanks! Hope you're enjoying it there as much as I've been here!



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つづく。

人は僕にうそを言うと思う。それはパラノイアのようけど、そのこと考えないことが難しい。アメリカ人はいつも真実と真珠のこと聞く。けど、ここに大切なことは違う。例えば、人間の平和のために、うそを言うことが大丈夫。さー。クリスロックは『お前はうそつき!お前もうそつき!みんなばかなうそつきだよ!』と言った。

日本の社会は『義理社会』と言う。みんなはいつも義理のためにほんねではないのことする。みんなはすることでうそをできるよ。

友達のエリクはカルチャーショックがだいたい三か月ぐらい始まる。さー、冬休みアメリカ帰らない。そう、八月までずっと日本にいるよ!

今日、ベンはアメリカのNAVY入るつもり。おかしでも、彼はアメリカ人以外の人がNAVY入ることできると言った(ベンは日本人だよ!)。ベンはホンマにかっこいい人よ!大変時も手伝った。

じゃ、他のショックエベントは、ある日に、タイワンで留学するジェンちゃんからクリスマスカードをもらった。ジェンちゃん、こんにちは!ありがとうね!楽しんでるね、頑張って!

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