An ordinary Japanese mom in the US!
After a long interval, I have finally come back here!
Thank you(^o^) for reading this article!
Our family moved to Michigan in the US at the end of July because of my husband's job transfer.
We will be living here for about three years.
First time we came here, we suffered from the terrible jet lag, especially my children!
My children fell asleep in the early afternoon because it was the night time in Japan, and they woke up a night and stayed up all night!
Since I could sleep well on the flight, it was terrible that they interrupted my sleep every day.
I had to take a nap every day to compensate the lack of sleep.
I would like to write about what I was surprised with the differences between the US and Japan in the US after I started living here.
1. The differences of the units
When I went shopping to the supermarket, I was confused the differences of unit.
What is lb?
What is oz??
What is gal???
When I bought a bag of cherries, it was 3.99.
I thought it was very cheap because I believed that the price was for a bag of cherries.
But, it wasn't.
The price was for per lb.
I ended up buying a bag of cherry for more than 9 dollars!
I don't understand Fahrenheit and mile well, too.
They have still made me confusing.
2. The difference of traffic rules
I already passed the American driver's license test, but I was very scared of driving when I started practicing driving.
Because cars drive on the left side in Japan, but it's totally opposite in the US.
I often opened the right door by mistake to sit on the driver's seat because the driver seat was usually on the right side of the Japanese car.
I often turned on the wiper by mistake when I wanted to turn on the blinkers because their places were totally opposite from Japanese one.
I was always saying "keep right, keep right!" while driving.
I was surprised that we can turn right even though the traffic light is red if there is no car.
We must wait until traffic lights turn to green in Japan.
I like this rule, it's very efficient.
I also like that highways are free!
But I was surprised and scared that cars drive too fast!
The speed limit on the highway in Michigan is faster than Japanese one.
3. The days are longer.
In summer, the sun sets around 9pm in Michigan.
It's about 7pm in Japan.
My children assumed that they could stay up late during summer.
I understood their feeling, it was too bright to go to bed at 9pm in summer.
But at a result, they couldn't wake up in the morning until after 9am.
I didn't think it was a good lifestyle for them.
4. Various kinds of people are living.
Needless to say, majority of people living in Japan are Japanese.
Of course, some people are from other countries, but they are still few especially in rural areas.
Various kinds of people are living around here.
I realized that the US is the multicultural and ethnically diverse country.
People who live here are used to people who are from other countries.
They seem that they never think I can't speak English.
They talk to me very fast and cheerfully.
Such kind of small talks don't happen so often in Japan.
I can speak English, but it is often hard for me to catch what they say because they speak too fast.
I would like to improve my English more during our stay.
I would like to write them more, but it would be too long to read.
I will write them little by little.