Journal des langues : A culture shock in Japan
My trip to Japan
That day when I travelled to Japan, I really felt like I didn’t belong there. My name is Zorkot Hadi and I’m going to give an account of my stay in Japan.
As I arrived from the airport, two friends of mine welcomed me and they guided me through the city of Tokyo, making me discover the different parts of it. We first went to try Japanese food in a restaurant called « Robot Restaurant » because I was really hungry. It took us several minutes in order to make it inside the restaurant that looked really strange to me: there were colorful lights everywhere and people were always smiling and respectful.
A moment later, the “Robot Show” as they call it there, started. It was so weird to me, to look at a show that occurred right in front of us while we were enjoying the delicious and unique food they serve in this restaurant. The show was exceptional, a never-seen before to me: Japanese women and men acted the story of ancient culture in many and various disguises that made me feel as if I was witnessing the real story when it occurred! Later on, giant robots arrived on the scene and performed a really unique sketch in front of us.
About an hour later, the show ended and I was really amazed! I felt really tired so we decided to go to my friends’ house, which is a huge building where they live on the 76th floor! The view from there was breathtaking, I could see the Tokyo Tower and everything seemed to be so small!
The morning after that night, we went ahead to visit a famous mall and buy some items at the same time. As we entered, people who work there welcomed us so kindly that I thought I was actually dreaming. People I’m used to seeing are so different from them. I never thought that people with such respectful and kind attitude existed!
We continued our shopping and we visited so many places after that day that I could write an entire book about it!
To sum everything up, I would say that although it was a very special place I felt I didn’t belong to, I enjoyed it and it makes me want to go there again and try learning their way of life!