Here are the top 10 reasons why I feel I may have been in the Tokyo sauna a bit too long.
10 -> I can sit patiently for 20 minutes while the person across from me formulates an answer to my question.
09 -> I will carry garbage around in my briefcase for days until I find the appropriate bin.
08 -> I find myself annoyed by foreigners, especially Americans. They talk too loud and excessively, and point at others with their fingers…just as I used to.
07 -> When making a purchase, I feel the obsession to minimize the number of coins I end up with.
06 -> My eyes now appropriately glaze over with detachment as I ride the train. When I get off an hour later, I can’t remember a single one of the faces that had been sitting across from me. However, I will spot every small object dropped behind by others and quickly alert them.
05 -> I feel acute guilt when I wear shoes in my own apartment, even with no one else around.
04 -> I can now expertly impart social guilt upon a violator of social mores by by staring past them with a barely detectable expression of scorn.
03 -> I can ride my bicycle while talking on my phone and holding an umbrella.
02 -> I simply smile and shrug whenever I lose my wallet and happily await its return without the slightest worry.
01 -> Yesterday, while walking pass a barber standing in the doorway of his shop, I became acutely aware of my bald head, bowed and apologized. No kidding.