・久しぶり。It's been a long time. How have you been?
・What do you enjoy in your spare time?／What's your hobby?
・What do you do?
I have been traveling the world for ten years. I'm a graphic designer. I get orders online from Japan so I can work and pay the bills while I travel. I can continue to travel as long as I get orders, but if my clients stop giving me work, I'll have to stop.
Some people ask me why the Japanese economy grew, even though it lost the war.
I always say that it's because the Japanese were working while someone else was praying for them.
I bought a motorcycle in Los Angeles and rode throughout the American continent--from the top of North America to the southernmost part of Argentine. My wife rode tandem.
We traveled for about a year and a half.
Western people blow their noses using handkerchiefs and wash them afterwards.
We Japanese blow our noses using tissue paper and throw it away in the trash afterwards.
The Chinese blow their noses on the road.
I wonder if the Chinese are the most Earth-friendly.
This is almost perfect! I would say:
Japanese put soy source on raw eggs and stir them well.
We put it on rice and eat it.
Many Japanese used to eat it for breakfast when we were young.
I wonder whether young people today eat it or not.
Some Japanese say that we are atheists.
Japanese are polytheists, I guess.
Although Japanese have a tradition of going to Shinto shrines at birth, we hold a funeral in temples.
Although Japanese go (not goes) to temples on the last day of the year and listen (not listens) to the sound of temple bells, and the next day, New Year Day, we wish we have a good year in Shinto shrines.
Many couples have their wedding ceremony in churches and of course we love X-mas. Our ancestors believed that everything in this world had its own god, so they used to pray even to stones on roads.
We seldom pray to God (usually or seldom, pick one, they're opposites!) but pray hard when in trouble.
I wonder if he makes our wishes come true.
Although Japan can't have an army, Japan has another organization called a Jieitai instead of an army.
They have guns, tanks, cruisers and fighters like an army, but they aren't permitted to attack.
When they are attacked by an enemy, they must get permission from the Japanese government before firing guns.
I wonder if they can make it or not.
Ten years ago we rarely saw foreigners, even in Tokyo, except for specific areals like Roppongi.
But there were a lot of foreigners in Tokyo when I was in Japan this year.
I wonder if that's why the yen is falling.