I’ve mentioned before I’m an INTJ personality type, and I’ve been living in Japan since 2005. My daily life at work is spent speaking English. My life at home is mostly English, and I concentrate on using English with my daughter always.
Well, I’ve been spending some time with the in-laws, and out of nearly 20 people, only one speaks English. I was immersed in Japanese. As there were so many people, as an INTJ, I was getting drained of energy. Imagine doing the same thing in a language I’m not fluent in? I had to concentrate on understanding and trying to answer. If you’ve ever spent time speaking a language other than your first language, it can be mentally draining. Basically, I feel sleepy.
Anyone else have to go through that experience? I think I need to really work on my Japanese.
I’m currently staying at the in-laws, and the grandmother’s house is old. Coming from Canada, I was used to central heating and good insulation. Well, take a look at this.
That’s right, only 5 degrees Celsius! We slept through that. We could see our breath. Even my much newer apartment gets pretty cold inside. The houses here are built so you can open the windows in summer and get a breeze going through the house. This was before the widespread use of air conditioners. It gets very hot and humid here in summer. Construction techniques have improved, but still has a long way to go together to western standards for keeping comfortable temperatures. The houses are built well for earthquakes, though.
Have you ever stayed in a very cold house before? Leave your experiences in the comments below. I’d love to read about them.