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Do I miss understanding the conversations I watch people have? I’ve always enjoyed being a part of a conversation mainly to listen to it. I think I’m realizing how human I am. What being a human means in relation to other humans.

Tonight in a taco shop—yes, I went to a taco shop and they were freaking delicious—shortly after sparking a conversation with nearby individuals, my friends and I were asked to show our work. It was just expected that we could give a whole little presentation right then and there. I’ve experienced this a few times now—being asked very intense questions, right off the bat, as if all Japanese students are age would be ready to be defined by the work they can do.

How am I influencing people I meet? How am I influencing the people who see me?

On calendars here, days of the week start with Monday.