Having come back from Japan after 4 years and giving myself a couple of weeks to settle back down in New Zealand (if only temporarily), I finally get what everyone else was on about when they talked of reverse culture shock. It’s hard, perhaps even impossible, to emotionally prepare yourself for something that you’ve yet to experience, so no matter how much I tried to tell myself that I’d feel these things, actually feeling them is another matter entirely.
It’s not all bad, mind you. Some of it is even quite funny, albeit in a way that sometimes makes me want to laugh a little hysterically. Being the trendy young thing that I am, I decided to try and express a few of these instances in gif form.
#1 It’s cold. It’s really, really cold. I never thought I’d miss cleavage sweat, but…
#3 Everyone insists I lock the door when I leave the house and nobody else is home, even if it’s only for a few minutes. Funny, I thought you were only supposed to lock the door when you were actually home – you know, in case the postman opened the door to deliver a package or something and you weren’t out of your pyjamas yet. Anything else was for the chronically paranoid.
#5 But now that I’ve got cash I may as well have a nosy around the supermarket. After all, I’ve been really looking forward to decent cheese and hundreds of varieties of cereal and- WAIT WHAT DO YOU MEAN THERE’S NO ONIGIRI.
#6 Every single shop I walk into features a very smiley someone saying hey, how’s it going, nice day for it isn’t it? I seem to have forgotten how to respond to casual chit-chat from store clerks and now it’s super awkward.
#8 All my awkward attempts at small talk have made me thirsty so think I’ll just head over to the nearest vending machine and- hmm, for some reason that’s ages away. Also, it doesn’t have any beer. Now that’s just plain weird.
#9 Never mind, I’ll go visit a cafe instead. I can get parfaits without cornflakes in them now so why not celebrate that. But holy crap all this food seems disproportionately large, how do people even manage to eat so much in one sitting?