American Village [Day and Night], or These are my moments …

[All images are taken with my cellphone Galaxy S3 in two different occasions.]

These are my moments …

I’m in a foreign land. I’m originally from the Philippines, and arrived to United States about 10 years ago. Now I’m here in Japan for work, and this is a whole new world for me.They drive on the left side of the road. That trips the bejeebers out of me. There’s a massage chair but it’s not doing what I wanted it to do. I’m afraid that if I press something, it will eject me to the roof. I don’t know what in the universe I’m buying. We played the arcade drums without completely understand how to follow the instructions. I think I lost twice in a row. Their letters are alien to me. I’m lost in translation here….

….And I absolutely love it! These are my moments. I’m not going to hesitate. I’m going to indulge. I won’t allow myself to feel any guilt or remorse. I’m going to explore. I’m not going to just let this slip through my fingers. I’m taking every opportunity I can. I’m not going to regret being left behind. No, not again, not this time. These are my moments. I’m going to be pushy. I’ll take the risks. I’ll squeeze my time for any travel plans, be salivated for any kind of adventure, and savor these enjoyable moments.

I don’t know what they put on my plate but I’ll eat it. The language will not be a barrier. I’ll separate my long hours of work and make good use of my short liberty time.  This new culture I’m in, I will embrace wholeheartedly.

This Land of the Rising Sun will be my Land of Milk and Honey for another 5 months or so.


Mihama American Village is a proof of influence and the good relations they have with the Western and the whole United Nations despite its unlikely history. It centers not only American restaurants and stores but of various European and other Asian cuisines and products as well.


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41 replies »

  1. so good to see a place through your camera shots. everything does look so exciting, bright, adventurous and yummy! did you get a chance to dip your toes into the water? i like your attitude as well! enjoy every moment to the fullest! 🙂

  2. Go for it Rommel! Glad you wrote down your first impressions. it will be interesting how your blog will change in 5 monthsYou will be so full of new experiences and be so open to other cultures but that you are already! Have fun. Ps cell phones are good for photos 🙂

    • Yeah. I was so afraid with nighttime photography. I just didn’t think cellphone can do the deed. I guess it really will suffice. Just need a very steady hand.

  3. What a great opportunity you have to experience a different culture. Indulge, Rommel! Except the remote control can be a problem 😕 Love the food photos, Udon is sooo delicious. Wanna hear more stories of Japan the next few months 🙂

  4. It’s so brilliant to see and read your thoughts on your new place to explore Rommel !
    5 more months … that’s whooo all round in my books 😉 keep it all coming !

  5. You have the perfect attitude…embrace and enjoy. Curious what kind of work do you do that would take you to Japan? I ask because my daughter would love to find work that would involve travel. Great photos and look forward to more of your Japanese adventure.

  6. “I don’t know what they put on my plate, but I’ll eat it.” 🙂 Now that is being very adventurous, Rommel. The food in your pics looks very good though. Sounds like you’re having an absolute ball over there. I love that they have an American Village. 😀

  7. Great pictures, just goes to prove that with smartphones like the Galaxy, one does not need a camera. I also loved your perspective of not allowing the lack of knowledge of the language to stop you from exploring and enjoying!


  8. Nice photos on your iPhone, Rommel. I only stopped over at the airport a few times en route to PI. Doesn’t seem to have the pollution as mainland China. Enjoy your stay there; work and play! God bless you! ~Liz

  9. Yay! Here I thought you have not been posting because I do not see your links in FB, except today. I wish you well. What an exciting time you are in. Before long, you might be speaking like a native Japanese. 🙂

    • I doubt I would speak the language like I did when I was in Italy. I only get to out full day on Sundays. Plus, I don’t work with Japanese here, unlike with the Italians. But no doubt, I pour my liberty days and time with excitement. 😀

  10. Cheers for liking my BuildingMyBento post about wandering!

    I like how the the Okinawan dialect is included in the last picture. I also wonder how many “American villages” there are in Japan, but the non-military kind…

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