February 26, 2011

Left, Right and Center

It's almost impossible to type while playing my blues harp...
So there just might be gaps in this post as I take  breaks to annoy my neighbors and get my thoughts in order.
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See what I mean?

I think I spend a lot of time 'editing' my life. The stuff I don't write about far outweighs the drivel that makes its way onto these pages...probably a good thing too. Writing about your adventures with a dutch oven or the last time someone annoyed you while driving just does not make for interesting reading, does it?

So, what does?
< interlude: sounds of shower and off key singing in the background >

Daily ablutions are refreshing, don't you think? I am fortunate enough to live in a country where the bath is considered almost sacred and I have access to Onsen (Go on, Google it if you have too.) where I can share those moments in the company of others. Mixed bathing is especially nice. OK, get your mind out of the gutter and stop the porn soundtrack this instant. There's almost nothing erotic about it. Being in a bath, warm and naked with another person gives you the opportunity to express yourself differently than you would if you were wearing sartorial armour.

< interlude: bacon sizzling, eggs cracking and the smell of toast >

Food can connect you to a culture on so many different levels. I often try to maintain my American citizenship by donning my plaid Woolrich shirt, faded Levi's and one of a dozen baseball caps I keep hanging in the hallway then sitting down for a man sized plate of eggs and bacon. A pot of coffee and a tall glass of O.J. I think that most Americans would find the Japanese breakfast puzzling; I did when I first got here. Sitting on the floor with a piece of grilled fish, miso soup, a bowl of rice, some pickled radish or eggplant and natto (you can search this blog for more info on that particular dish.) is just not what John Wayne chowed down on before setting out to catch some cattle rustlers.

< interlude: jangling keys, searching and cursing and the sound of relief when the object is found. zippers being zipped and silence as the CD player is shut off.  >

I have lived almost half my life in this country and there are times when I feel that I have lost many things that would define me as "American" I am definitely not "Japanese" either, so I traipse along in a kind of limbo without worrying about being defined by my nationality. That is sometimes a good thing to have in your back pocket when you don't want to engage in the fantastically intricate social system here. I get to play the game, but more often than not I'm not held accountable to the rules as strictly as I ought to be.

Heading out to make some dough and break a few rules...
Have a great day everyone!


dianne said...

My life is so dreary recently that I don't bother writing about it. I have played my 'blues harp' so often lately that I find I have broken a string, but life goes on.

I did not know the name of the communal bath, now I know. I also enjoy bathing but I have a shower, I have often thought how nice it would be to stretch out in a pool sized bath of warm water, how liberating. Yes I would guess that being naked with others would break down some barriers of self consciousness.

I think the Japanese breakfast would be far more healthy than the western diet. I have no idea what 'natto' is but I do like miso soup and pickled eggplant and rice of course.
I think you have the best of both worlds, we should not be defined by nationality, it is how we live our life wherever we may be that is important.
I enjoyed your post NYD, I hope you are well and have a great day!

xoxoxo ♡

Megan said...

I...I...Aw shit I'll be back tomorrow morning when I'm sober.

...or afternoon. I'm thinking afternoon.

leelee said...

I seem to be in a "limbo" stage in my life as well....But I think it's and AGE thing more than a location for me. I liked this post alot!


Kurt said...

I will always remember the bathtub in my room at the Nikko Narita hotel. It was that good.

I had some memorable visits to the Kabuki Springs & Spa in San Francisco.

Mona said...

You sound like a Virginia Woolf Novel here.

Editing is often required! I guess that the memoirs of a Geisha were also edited! :D

lime said...

the japanese breakfast sounded fine until you got to pickled radishes. i've had em. not my favorite.

onsen also sounds kind of nice.

breaking rules. oh yeah...i like to know what they are so i know when breaking them is well called for.

lime said...

and yeah, there is something to be said for outsider status too. ;)

Serena said...

I feel in limbo myself a lot lately. I probably ought to be edited a lot more than I am rather than being turned loose to say ... whatever. You, on the other hand, are doing just fine! Keep these glimpses into your life coming.:)

Megan said...

I completely forgot about making that comment.

Mayden' s Voyage said...

Thinking about you and hoping all is well with the earthquake! Hugs and I'll check in on you other places :)

Megan said...

Hope all is well with you and yours.