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July 21st, 2008

(no subject) @ 03:33 am

Current Location: bed
Current Mood: awake awake

(This 3am posting brought to you by depressing dreams waking me out of a sound sleep.)
The biggest downside to Japan: loneliness. I'm terribly slow to make friends even when I speak the same language as them, and when I don't have that? Nngh. In some ways, life in Tokyo is somewhat reminiscent of my days in Boston, Denton, and a good portion of Ann Arbor: an inability to find people I liked, much less hanging out with them. AA took about two years before I finally met people outside of work - and in the Bay Area, I met the majority of people I know during my first year there.
I'm pretty happy with most other aspects of Tokyo, although the weather sucks a lot in the summer, things in general are more expensive, and I get occasional cravings for food that's either mostly unavailable or quite costly (deep-dish pizza, cajun food, and spicy food in general.) It tends to be much more compartmentalized than places in the US, though - I've been walking down the main road in Nakameguro pretty much every day for the past ten months and I still find shops and whatnot that I hadn't noticed before.
There's a lot here that's really nifty, but without the ability to connect to people, it's tough.
 
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From:aliced00m
Date:July 20th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)

lonely

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i am lonely in texas.
i work, i come home, i game, i play with my animals.
i don't find anyone here that i can even begin to relate to.
(speaking of friends/animals, i just got another female rat for my pie rat. companions for my animals, lol)
i have been reading your stuff, (found you from okstupid),
and i just wanted to let you know (in a rambling way) that loneliness strikes someone else, too.
somehow that makes me feel less lonely. :)
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From:icis_machine
Date:July 20th, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
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i have a friend who's suppose to come out there around xmas. he would love ot have someone show him around.
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From:pinkgeek
Date:July 20th, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC)
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hmm well.. we could have video conf'd you into my birthday gathering last night.. the auto lighting candles were spectacular!! damiri and rightsock came over for pizza and games.. i could mail you spicy brownies? miss you at dinner!
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From:amaninthemoon
Date:July 21st, 2008 04:11 am (UTC)
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You could always pop onto irc. It's not real socialization, but a little interaction might take the edge off.

Are you taking more Japanese classes while you're there? Not only would that further your ability to socialize, but it would force you to meet more people in the class as well.
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From:etoilenoir959
Date:July 21st, 2008 01:41 pm (UTC)
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I hear you on the loneliness factor. I do the wake up, go to work, go back home, try to amuse myself with books or Internet, sleep repeat routine. So *HUG* from one lonely soul to another, and may be both have better luck in breaking out of the loneliness.
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From:seshat
Date:July 22nd, 2008 01:23 am (UTC)
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*hug*

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