Life in a small town...

Good morning everyone,

Well, there isn't much change in the weather forecast-it may rain tonight and then clear up tomorrow and is expected to be nice on the weekend. Temperatures are starting to climb though-we may see some days with the mercury over 30C for the first time this summer!

I grew in a small town and here are some things that are true about life in a small town-and I think it's the same for Japan. The only difference is the definition of small town. Here, a place with a population of less than 100,000 seems to be considered 'small'. We had to drive about 150km to find a place that big! Ha ha! Our town was so small that there wasn't even a population sign when you was too changeable...ha ha!

No one knows where your town is. Whenever someone asks where you’re from, your standard response is, “You probably haven’t heard of it. It’s about an hour east of [insert name of medium-to-large city nearby].”
2. Of course, the other person will undoubtedly say that they've probably heard of it, ask for the name, and then laugh and exclaim, “Yep! Never heard of it.”

3. Then you get legitimately weirded out when people have heard of your town. You came through on BUSINESS three years ago? What do you do?

4. Nightlife = Non-existent. All shops/bars/entertainment options are closed by 9 pm-except on Sundays when they don't even open at all!

5. Getting any type of chain store is life changing. In fact, you rank the day you found out that a Costco was opening less than an hour away as one of the top moments of your life. It basically goes something like:

1. Births
2. Weddings/Engagements
3. Graduations
4. COSTCO opens

6. Team sports will always be a big deal. Even if you’re not a big sports fan, you still get oddly defensive if anyone criticizes your high school team. It’s just in your blood. Or maybe in the water. Or a bit of both...

7. Downtown = fancy name for the street with the most shops.

8. High school dating was awkward, because there was always a good chance you were friends with their ex. Okay fine. It was all but guaranteed that you were friends with their ex. There may be plenty of fish in the sea, but you were living in a tiny pond! YOU HAD VERY LIMITED OPTIONS, DAMMIT.

9. There are no secrets. None. Unless you locked yourself in a windowless, soundproof room, someone you know definitely saw you sneak that cigarette, and the rest of the community will know by end-of-day tomorrow.

10. Everyone knows everyone. Even if you don’t know them personally, you know someone from their family or who they hang out with or where they work...

11. You know at least one person who got their job because it was the same one that their father, grandfather or uncle did...

12. Getting featured in the local paper isn’t a huge deal. The paper is basically the Oprah of your town. You get an article! And you get an article! EVERYONE GETS AN ARTICLE!!!

13. …But everyone you know will give you their copy of that issue, because you can never have enough copies of that article congratulating you on getting “Science Student of the Week.”

14. Shopping trips take twice as long as they should, because you’re guaranteed to run into at least five people with juicy gossip.

15. Visiting family in a big city is an absolute culture shock. What do you mean you don’t know your neighbors? Who feeds your dog when you’re out of town???

16. You’re an expert at entertaining yourself, because the other option is hanging out with your parents...

17. Just going for a drive is a completely legitimate activity and you don't even have to go anywhere in fact, there usually isn't anywhere to just drive around for a bit...that's what we call a 'date'.

Can any of you small-towners relate to these?

Have a great day!

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Everything written above is true for me. I can say "I 'm a small towner !" with full of confidence. Ha, ha!

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There's nothing wrong with being a 'small town girl', junko! I lived so far in the country, I was jealous of people who lived in small towns...ha ha!