It's July 4th and for the people from the United States of America, that means only one thing, Independence Day.
So to my American friends, "Happy 4th of July." (I presume you say that to each other. I don't know.)
A few years ago, a friend of mine said the following:
"You could never live in the United States and succeed there."
At the time I was quite offended by that remark.
"Whaddya mean?" I thought to myself. "I could go anywhere and succeed" I thought.
As I have got more and more into this blog I started to see what he meant by his remark.
The other day I was sitting in the garden of the Imperial Palace here in Tokyo:
It was a quiet afternoon and then suddenly the quietness was disturbed by a loud family and judging by their accents they weren't from Gunma Prefecture.
They were undoubtedly American and the stereotypical "oh my god" was heard a couple of times.
From what I'm seeing and hearing, maybe my friend a few years ago was right. To be successful you have to be in your face, loud and proud and not so introverted.
I read recently that between two thirds and three quarters of the population would be considered on the extroverted side of the spectrum. I don't know how they get that number but it wouldn't surprise me if it was to be true.
To survive you have to be out there and get your face out there too. It kind of makes sense. I heard the same thing about Chinese society.
It's interesting, that for English speaking people Americans are the loud ones and for people in Japan, the hordes of tourist coming to Japan from China are considered by some to be quite noisy, lets say. The thing is though that they are just doing what comes naturally in their own countries.
I'm off to eat some hamburgers, hot dogs and apple pie. Wooo Hooo. I can't wait.
USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA
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