11/November/2023 in Belgrade
Currently my friend in Warsaw is visiting Japan
He sends me several messages about what he sees/thinks in Tokyo
His texts contain almost no "new information" but plenty of "freshness &real-ness"
His messages say;
"Streets are so clean"
"People are so polite"
"Food is amazing" etc.....
.......These stereotypical, over-used, hence, un-impressive words about Japan
Too typical from foreign tourists
I've seen & heard of these comments too often here and there, and now it's all laughable for me
But I had to notice
this is actually my first time to hear opinions about my country & my city from a person who I know well in real
I know him for a few years and I know how he sees things, how straightforward he is, and how he composes his opinions
So that, all comments about Japan sound believable-able for the first time in my life
There are some vivid "real-ness" that I've never felt from opinions from the anonymous people online
4 days have passed since his arrival & only 3 days left
He will surely leave Japan much before his "honeymoon" period ends
And all he sees & thinks are somewhat an idealised, delusional version of Japan
But for tourists, it's more than enough. Rather it's desirable
Tourists don't have to see everything. Only dazzling sides of the country are enough
And now, I want to go back to Tokyo,
knowing, after only 3 days, I will start to despise its people, called Japanese people