For those of you who don’t know, I spent my first three years in Japan living on Kitadaito Island. Kitadaito is a small island 320km east of the mainland of Okinawa. While I was there, I experienced the close community of rural Japan, and started writing. A bit over a year ago, I moved to Kumejima which his far larger. Since this is my last year with the JET Programme, I decided to visit Kitadaito during their annual Daitogusai Festival.
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The fluid change between in and out can be hard for the un-indoctrinated to follow, yet at its most simplistic, ie is whoever you feel is part of your “group” at any given time.
In Japan, people generally do not come up to you and ask, “do you want to go to a party?” Instead, many Japanese people with an invitation opt for a more round about approach. They may ask if you are busy or try to find out if you have plans for a certain day or time, without first mentioning they would like to go out. If you say you are free then they might give you the invitation. This has led to