- Insanely high levels of humidity, which mean
- Very, very bad frizzy hair. I can't wait to be in a country that has proper voltage so I can use a proper hairdryer and straighteners. I'm sick of looking like a scarecrow. And I can't wait to go and see Justin (my beloved stylist) to get my hair done properly.
- Being unable to find many clothes and shoes that fit. The fact that I have to buy ugly clothes, simply because they fit me, not because I like them.
- People refusing to sit next to me on the train. This could be because they think I smell, but I'm sure it's because I'm a foreigner. Too many other people I know have experienced this. (If it is because I smell, then this may well happen in Australia, but I don't think Aussies are as discerning, so I don't anticipate this will be such a problem.)
- Being unable to communicate basic needs/wants. (I know this is completely my responsiblity, but I sure as hell won't miss it.)
- Generally living in such a densely populated city. I crave spaa-aace!
- The guy who sits behind me. He's actually a really good translator and nice bloke, but the decibels hit the high numbers when he slurps his tea and noodles and it makes my skin crawl.
- Japanese food. (I actually quite enjoy it, but am totally over it at the moment. What I wouldn't give for a decent Italian or French meal.)
- Not having a proper kitchen with oven and benchspace on which to cook.
- Japanese television. I really need a good dose of the western variety - probably starting with my Buffy collection. To be quickly followed by the final two seasons of Angel that I've not yet seen. Big yay!
- See first three points!
13 July 2006
Not Living in Tokyo
Naturally, being a foreigner in Japan can be difficult at times. Further to the previous post, here are some of the things I won't miss when I go home: