Interesting Conversations at the Grocery Store

So for a long time now I’ve been told over and over again that I look Asian due to the shape of my eyes. This has all been in the US though, which only counts for so much. However, now…

The other day a friend and I were getting groceries when an elderly gentleman started talking to us in pretty thickly dialect-ed Japanese. But we did understand that he was askingĀ if I’m Asian! He said my face looked Asian while my friend’s looked European! Sweet.

Aaaaand now today, at a different grocery store (solo this time), about the same thing happened with a different elderly gentleman! He asked me if I’m Japanese. I said no, I’m American. He followed with yes, but are you Japanese? It was entertaining, and he pointed out that my eyes look Japanese, and basically just continued on welcoming me further to Japan. He even gave me a travel tip for fall! That was just such an awesome way to end my day before heading back to my apartment. šŸ™‚ Thank you, sir! (And, this man spoke VERY impressive English, which was doubly cool!)

My Asian-looking face has been officially recognized by TWO randomĀ Asian men now. I win! šŸ˜€

Paying Bills… Being an Adult…

So the way that my bills work is that some are direct transactions from my bank account. However, for others I get paper bills in the mail that I then have to take either to the post office (that’s right, my bank account is through the post office) tellers, or pay them via the ATM. Yes, Japan is weirdly awesome in this regard.

But the problem I have with this is that often times I can’t get to the post office during their desk hours, which means that I have to pay paper bills via the ATM. And while the ATM has this great English setting, it just doesn’t work for whatever reason to pay bills. So two times now one of the post office tellers has taken instant pity on the poor foreigner and done it for me. And then…

I managed to pay my gas bill at the ATM without any Japanese-people help! I just kept pressing blue buttons to continue through the process. Confusing, but super proud of myself for being able to pay the gas bill on my own via the ATM.