A Cultural Moment

It felt like a surprise party and I was the guest of honor.  Let me explain…I mentioned during a several weeks ago blog post that I was having a relatively minor surgery here in Japan.  That is if any surgery with general anesthesia can be considered minor, but I digress.  I mentioned that overall it was a good experience.  I am doing well and consider myself to be about 85% recovered.  There were many things that happened to me that were very cultural and I have to say that for the most part, I liked it.  My “adopted” country truly is becoming home.  In this country that I call “home”  everyone is relatively humble or at least pretends to be.  It is a very large part of the culture. You should treat others with respect.  Bowing demonstrates this humility.   I am bowed to in the supermarket, at the ladies’ gym, on the street…you get the picture. My surgery need did not prevent me from walking, so I was escorted along with my husband to the OR by a nurse.  When we arrived at the main door, she opened it and stepped back so that I could enter first.  When I entered, the entire surgical team of about 8 people greeted me with cheerfulness, smiles and, of course, bowing. It really did feel like a party!  I relaxed immediately.  I’ve been in ORs before, but this is the first time I could see the room and what it was like and all the different machines they were hooking me up to until I could no longer hold my eyes open.  It is a pleasant memory that makes me smile every time I think about it!

I will not be writing in detail about my experience here for the blog.  I know that others have and I read many of their posts as I was preparing for what was to come. If you are facing surgery here and would like some input or reassurances, I would be happy to correspond with you privately.  Feel free to send me a message at senkyoushidesu(at)yahoo(dot)com.

Until the next time…

2 thoughts on “A Cultural Moment

  1. Hi, I was just stopping by. I’m sorry to hear you had to have surgery but glad that it went well and that you are recovering. Wow, what a blessing to have pleasant memories entering an OR! Years ago I couldn’t even think of a song to comfort me when I was rolled into one on a gurney, wide awake. I’m so happy to read that you’re calling Japan your home. I saw in another post that you miss Starbucks, USA. 🙂 But, it just warms my heart to know you’re feeling at home. Sorry I haven’t been by in a while. Good to “see you” again. Lots of love and hugs sent your way. Jenn

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