I just found these “Hokkaido-ben” cards that I bought in a giftshop in otaru before I left!
Even though I lived in Hokkaido for one year, I know almost no Hokkaido-ben. Haha. Actually I’m pretty sure I never heard anyone speak like this!Edit: OMG just saw that ざんぎ is one of these cards. Now of COURSE I know that one (Hokkaido word for chicken karaage). I guess I DO know Hokkaido ben after all!
Reverse culture shock?
So! Many people say that when you return home you’re sure to feel ‘reverse culture shock’. And, well, I don’t think I have a culture *shock*, as such. But certain things are weird. For example:
- Going to a cafe/restaurant and staring at the menu just like I DON’T WANT TO EAT ANY OF THESE THINGSSS
- Automatically keeping hold of plastic bottles “until I can find the PET bottle bin” until the harrowing realisation that there isn’t one and it goes in the SAME bin as all the other things.
- Automatically going to throw my receipt in the little receipt bin they have at the counter in stores only to realise there ISN’T one
- Accidentally almost leaving valuable possessions on the table when going to the toilet etc.
- Thinking it’s safe to walk around alone at night
- Drinking alcohol without Ukon no Chikara - a Japanese hangover prevention drink (Seriously considering importing this…)
- The fact that there are many many people fatter than me not just post-menopausal ladies
- Dirty public toilets with no buttons (especially missing the ‘embarrassment music’ button)
- GOOD offers at supermarkets - offers in Japan by and large tend to be like “save 10yen!!!” so I was quite taken aback to see an offer where you can buy one drink for £1.45 or 2 for £1.90
- However, PRICES here have been a definite shock to me. I don’t know if it’s just because I’m poor now but I swear half the time I buy something here I’m at the till like “you’re charging me WHAT?!”. Even though Japan is supposed to be an expensive country..
- Ordering a large and it actually being very big
- The price of one cocktail being over the price of one nomihoudai…
That’s all I could think of for now!
@themelvincentのコメント： This looks amazing! Would you recommend a specific place? Or just anywhere in Otaru?
That bowl was from Sushi Zamurai in Otaru サンモール (a covered walkway like Tanukikoji) and I would definitely recommend it as it is SUPER cheap! I think my bowl was like 1500.
I think as a general rule seafood in Otaru is really great, but if you eat on Sushiya-dori or one of the other main tourist spots you’ll probably pay like 3000 for a bowl.
Also, Sushi Zanmai is really good (actually it’s a chain restaurant, so I didn’t expect that but WOW it was great) but that’s just sushi and not donburi!
The meat aisle in my favourite supermarket..
I didn’t even realise I LIKED beef that much until I came to Japan.. and now it’s one of my favourite foods. (Japanese beef, anyway.) Although I DO kinda blame it a little for the weight I gained.. I used to just cook an entire pack of beef and eat just that as my dinner LOL. Should have seen it coming really.
More Otaru food…
Seriously the seafood quality in Otaru is just so consistently high.
I NEED to go there again..
ANYWAY, some good news. I passed N2 of the JLPT! Quite comfortably too! I got almost full marks in the reading section, which I’ll admit I’m quite proud of because it’s supposed to be the section that non-Asian foreigners suck at.
So now I’m wondering whether I’m going to try N1 in December. I mean, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility, but I WILL have to put quite a lot of effort into it (unlike the very small amount of work I did for N2… lol) and I’ll be in final year and.. yeah. BUT if I did get N1, it would be basically invaluable to finding some kind of work in Japan, which at the moment I’m seriously looking in to since I basically just want to go baaaack!