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Tue, Jul. 20th, 2004 09:45 am
Superlegitimacy: passion and ecstasy of a Tokyo train driver

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(Anonymous)
Mon, Jul. 19th, 2004 11:42 pm (UTC)


As a long term Japan otaku, I envy Nick's ability to come and
go at will and therefore retain the sense of novelty in Japan,
while also enjoying Japanese expat scenes in Berlin, Paris
etc...

I still like living here but the honeymoon period has long past. For some Japanophiles it lasts about 6 months. I had a particularly strong case of yellow fever and it lasted about
2 years for me.

Many long term gaijin find that prolonged absences from Japan
are necessary for happiness, or indeed, sanity. Many recommend
not learning the language. Sad to say it but, with several
notable exceptions, many of the gaijin I know who are fluent and deeply entrenched here are people who, for one reason or another, one feels would not be functional wherever it is they came from.


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