I have to confess that I had a crush on a boy in junior high and my friends forced me to do the kokuhaku ritual.Unfortunately it doesn’t always work out as the boy wasn’t interested in me.
Something fellow GP writer, Grace Buchele Mineta mentioned in her podcast interview.
(Now cue mad comments like “Well, I got laid in Tokyo last night.”) A lot of dudes who’ve been here for years gripe about the exact opposite.
The funny thing is, I don’t think I’ve actually met any guys here who’ve said that.
And not just Japanese folks either; I mean foreigners. Oh now somebody else starts rambling about traditional homes being all infused with zen beauty, and rock gardens, and koi fish.
Like if I said, “Japanese architecture is stunning,” somebody’d stand up and complain that the cities are just jumbled amalgamations of aging concrete projects.