|Sumo wrestlers (not baby ones!) at Osaka Castle Park|
|Drummers during Hanami - cherry blossom celebrations|
I know from my own experiences in Japan that life is not easy for many Japanese. There are huge societal expectations placed on them, and they themselves are raised with high expectations for themselves, plus there are so many societal norms that tell them how it is okay to behave. In particular, the students I taught who had lived overseas for a year or more (often for study abroad programs) found it really hard to fit back into Japanese society when they returned. I guess their reverse culture shock is significantly worse than ours. But at the same time as wondering if it is just too difficult to be a Japanese person, I can also see that these things make Japan what it is, such a wonderful place to visit and a country full of incredibly welcoming people. Good with the bad, I guess. Anyone have any experiences to add?
(Okayama Naked Man Festival by kate nev via Creative Commons- glad it's blurry so I don't need to warn you of naked people - oh dear, this post is going to get some strange google results in ...)