Being in YWAM I have heard many teachings on cross-cultural ministry. After working in a communications department, where we constantly ask ourselves: “How does this translate?” I had my fair expectations of Japan, but I was shocked. Let me introduce you to some of the shockers:
People know how to stand in line.
For most Europeans it’s a no-brainer, but to those of you who haven’t experienced lines in Asia – that’s a big deal. No pushing or shoving, no one cut in line because they were in a hurry.
Sushi is expensive.
Coming from Kona, where ‘more-than-you-can-eat’-sushi costs $5, I was surprised to see the prices here. I had expected the country of origin to have more affordable sushi, but no. Another thing is that real wasabi is chunky and more grayish.
This might be a silly presumption, but I had hoped to see a lot of spiked up, green-blue-pink hair and lots of colored contact lenses. My imagination of the Japanese youth scene was that they were rebellious and liked to stand out, but that was not the case.
Tokyo is a huge city and I had foreseen rushhour to be chaotic and scary, but I have never experiences such streamlined, non-chaotic crowds. The Japanese take great pride in running things as smooth as possible.
I have had quite the cultural experience here. It has been a little harder for me to travel this time, since it’s been the first time in my life I went without a plan or didn’t go for the adventure. I honestly didn’t know where I was going to stay when I got here first, but I have been hosted at a Korean Church for very cheap.
My next blog will be about a meeting I had with a guy here called Charlie. His world view and opinions were radical and I will share a little about what we talked about.
I appreciate all your prayers as I will have to deal with the US immigration once again on the way back. Though it shouldn’t get me nervous I am a little bit.
Thanks for following what I do.