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.
Some of the things my mom, sister, and brother in law got for me!
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!
A picture my sister took of Mt. Fuji from her phone.
Yesterday, I went home to go help my mom move some furniture out of our house. We are getting new carpet and new hardwood floors. Actually, the first time I went home was labor day and my room was already cleared out… Thanks Mom. Anyway, before I went home yesterday I stopped by brother’s house to see my niece and nephew! My brother and his wife live on the outskirts of Broad Ripple, which is pretty close to campus! I was so glad to see my nephew, Sam, and my niece, Olivia. They are quite the handful but they are so goofy!
Here's my niece and nephew trying to do silly faces... I did not get that memo!
After I saw Sam and Olivia, I went home to help my mom move furniture but more importantly to eat some awesome Japanese food. My mom is Japanese and so being on campus I definitely miss the food she makes. Last night, we had gyoza (potstickers), miso soup, and rice. I was so happy, but I definitely ate way too much!
The meal my Mom made for me!
Not only was I excited about food, but also about the package my mom got from Japan! My aunt sent over my mom’s kimono from when she had her 20th celebration. This kimono is what my sister will be wearing to take pictures in before her wedding! My sister is getting married on October 8th, so I am really excited! I will show you guys the obi, which is what is used to keep the kimono together. It is so pretty! I’ll show you everything together once my sister gets married!
Even though I went home, I was so excited to come back to the dorms. My mom told me I would miss her cooking and I totally agree. Now I am back to crazy homework, campus food, and dorm life!
Before I go here’s a video that I thought was so cool that I saw the other day on my friend’s facebook, plus I love the song in it! Hope you like it!