You might have noticed that I�ve added some strange things into the newer parts of the fanfic that weren�t there in previous chapters. This is because of a drastic change in my life that has taken place between October and now. I got married last August and moved to Japan in October. Here I�ve learned more about what Japanese life is and have gotten a little too used to things here and have been adding them into my fic.
I realized a little too late that most of my readers would have no idea what most of this stuff is, so I thought that I should add a glossary of sorts to explain what�s going on.

First of all, I mentioned something called a kotatsu. This is a table that�s very common in Japan. You may have seen it in episodes of Sailor Moon and in other animes. Especially at Rei�s house. That table with the blanket coming out of it is a kotatsu. It has a heating thing just under the table top and it plugs into the wall to keep your legs warm when you pull the blanket over them. What�s the point? Central heating does not exist in homes in this country. The kotatsu serves to help keep things warmer. My husband and I spent most of the winter sitting around ours.
Secondly, the prevalence of cell phones in this country, which I�ve only started to bring in in Act 08. Almost everyone has a keitai denwa, keitai for short, or mobile phone. I should also add that junior high kids can�t get these, as you need an I.D to do so, and they use their high school ones. Typically, they get them as soon as they graduate from junior high. I�m not kidding. My husband teaches junior high here. I�ve seen this.
Convenience stores are everywhere. There are many different chains here. I�ve specifically mentioned Family Mart, but others include Save On, Mini Stop, 7-11(Yes, they have them here), Lawson�s, and many, many others. Some are 24-7, like what we�re used to, but not all of them. The one near me closes at midnight as do others around here. 7-11s are all pretty much 24-7, though.
Stores and most restaurants close early here as well. It�s rare for something to be open later than 9 or 10 unless it�s a late night ramen stand (which open at 6 pm), a bar, a karaoke joint, or a really good (read: usually expensive) restaurant. I�m not really sure what things are like in Tokyo, having only been there a few times since getting here. Japan, I�ve been told, generally doesn�t have much of a night life.
The sun sets fairly early here, too. In the winter, it�s down by 5 pm. Not sure about the summer as it�s only spring here. It sets around 6-ish right now.
The night view of Tokyo is truly spectacular. I don�t think I could ever get sick of it. The only thing in my opinion is the view of the mountains that I live in. About 2 �-3 hours north of Tokyo is Gunma prefecture where I live on the side of Mount Akagi. The mountains in these parts are truly amazing.
Enough of that now.
Yen to dollars. If you think of it this way, it�s easy. Not quite accurate, but close. 100 yen is roughly equivalent to $1. This fluctuates constantly, but it�s close enough.
Japanese junk food. Oh boy. This one is a little more complex. What they view as junk food is different that North American stuff. Chocolate isn�t as sweet, for one thing, and chips occasionally have strange flavors. It�s not uncommon to find curry or green tea flavored things. Things like sembe (rice cakes) and nori (seaweed) are also very common as snacks. You can find Doritos and other very common western foods here, but they tend to be a little pricy. Despite the lower sweetness of Japanese chocolates, things like Crunky (a kind of chocolate bar), the various strawberry flavored chocolates, Ghana and Meiji (two other chocolate bars) are actually quite tasty. Toblerone, kitkat, M&Ms, maltesers, and Nestle crunch are fairly common here as far as western stuff goes.
Drinks. It�s common for people to be served green tea when visiting people. It can actually be quite nasty stuff. I�ve gotten into the habit of telling people that I don�t drink tea. Some foreigners quite like it. Some of the pop here is what you�d expect in a store back home. Don�t be afraid to try something labeled Pocari Sweat, though, as it�s just an energy drink and is quite good, if a bit salty. Aquarius is similar, but not as salty. Calpis isn�t bad. It�s labeled as being milk water and can occasionally come in some odd flavors and can be drank either hot or cold. There are also various fruit flavored drinks both carbonated and not. For carbonated, Fanta is the best. As far as the non-carbonated stuff goes, Qoo is good and is just like drinking regular juice.
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