Embracing Change as Gaijin in Japan

19 09 15 - 13:24

All this travel has got me thinking. Or actually, that would be quite mildly put to express how my mind has seen a new light in these very recent years. Travel left me on a road, this road took me on a trip, one that surely will never end. It doesn't mean that I can get settled, but trying to find the perfect thing to do in life.. well, I just think that it can be anything and it is subject to change at any given time. It is this very change that has dominated the theme of my life. Once embraced, it gives you so much that it just never stops giving. Even better, once you have so much yourself.. even as if by itself the giving starts spreading to other people around you. It's one of the most beautiful experiences in life, and I think that it can happen to anyone. Any time. So be warned! ☺

I met a wonderful guy recently, he is from Japan. People in China are not so much into this particular nationality amongst some others that I don't even have to mention. Anyway, I am all about getting people and cultures together. Fighting is just stupid if you ask me. He is the owner of a terrific blog called "Loose Gaijin", which is a pretty funny name. Gaijin means foreigner in Japanese, and why his loose well. His twisted humour only knows!

But there is a similar thing definitely here in China, how people call themselves foreigners by themselves. Of course first you get called one until it because such a funny common day thing that it grows on you. Naturally Loose Gaijin, as well as myself are becoming very integrated in local cultures. That's why the truth is, that we don't really feel as if outsiders or foreigners in any way. Difference is only in the eyes of the one who is looking and for travelers like us, everyone is the same. That is all about the change that I was talking about earlier. No matter how many stereotypes and certain kind of people from a specific culture or group you meet.. no matter what, there is always people who surprise you and are totally different.

That's the best way to look at life. And not just at others, but especially at yourself. Look at yourself from different angles, it's rewarding! The gaijin friend, he sells iTunes gift cards.. now what does that have to do with what he wants to do in life? Probably a whole lot more than he even knows himself. Anyway, I say to you my new friend.. keep on blogging and you will do well. Thanks!

Encouraging wishes,
Janus Liou