These past couple of weeks my sister, brother in law, and mom have been in Japan. My mom is Japanese and her whole side of the family still lives there. This was the first time my brother in law was meeting my mom’s side of the family, and the first time my sister has been back to Japan in a very long time. If there is anything I learned from their trip it was:
1) they think my brother in law looks like an actor…
2) they think Americans (mainly my brother) are fat.
They did not say that Americans are fat, but from hearing what my sister said about not being able to find large shirts or even large anything for that matter it obviously shows that everything is LARGE in America. My uncle had to rent a car just to pick up my family because although their car is large enough to hold everyone it was not large enough to hold everyone’s luggage.
People always ask me how Japanese are so tiny, because many think that because they eat so much white rice they wouldn’t be that tiny or healthy. The reason is because as Americans we decide to eat ridiculous portions. I am no health expert, and I am guilty of these large portions, but that’s probably the main reason why we are bigger than Asians. I still find it entertaining though to hear my Japanese grandpa’s only advice to my brother “lose weight, so you can be healthy and live long” My grandpa is in his late 80′s, and still walks around everywhere. I hope I can be as healthy as him when I get older!
Don’t be afraid to go to Japan. My family is only harsh to us, and it’s all out of love, so no worries!