Never Have I Ever: JAPAN
I love this game.
I say something that I've never done.
If you've done it, lower a finger out of ten raised fingers. If you're legally consuming alcohol, take a sip of your drink or take a shot.
I did a lot in almost 2 years in Japan but, obviously, I didn't do everything, and some things I just didn't want to do. With that in mind, let's get started!
Never have I ever eaten ramen at Ichiran.
Considering how many times I’ve been to Kyushu, I myself am surprised that I still haven't tried Ichiran's famous kotteri ramen!
I guess waiting in an hour-long queue is not enough of a temptation for me.
Never have I ever worn a kimono.
I've worn a yukata several times. I even owned one at one point in my teenage years! However, it would be a dream to wear a kimono and take beautiful photos while standing amidst cherry blossoms or autumn leaves.
Never have I ever been to Tokyo.
Yes. I lived in Japan for almost 2 years and yet I’ve never been to Tokyo. And?
For the most part, I prefer non-capital cities. Sure, Kyoto, Florence, Barcelona and Normandy are popular cities swarming with tourists, but I found that I had rather authentic, affordable and interesting cultural experiences in these cities.
Though I have made wonderful travel memories in capital cities like Seoul, Lisbon and Budapest, truth be told, I have no desire to go to Tokyo. A lot of people sell it to me as a crowded place with blinding neon signs and expensive high-end shops like that's what I personally want from my travels.
Contrarily, I’ve seen more people only experience Tokyo and miss out on the gems that other prefectures have to offer. Now that shocks me.
Never have I ever eaten sushi.
Surprise! I'm actually allergic to fish and seafood so I could technically destroy you in this game.
That means no sashimi (sliced raw fish), no takoyaki (octopus balls), no tempura (battered and deep-fried seafood), no unagi don (eel on rice)...
Unless you're a vegetarian or vegan, you're probably already drunk.
Never have I ever tried natto.
Nor do I ever want to!
Natto are snot-beans I mean fermented soybeans, and I have no intention of trying it to impress anyone or to ‘get out of my comfort zone’.
Never have I ever stayed at a capsule hotel.
I don’t mind walking home as long as it takes less than an hour. Whenever I traveled to other prefectures, I would always make sure I got the last train or partied long enough to be on the first train back.
Never have I ever been to Universal Studios Japan.
I lost interest in amusement parks when I was back in secondary school, hence why I also didn’t go to Lotte World when I went to South Korea.
Never have I ever gone to Okinawa or Hokkaido.
Though both are on my list for the future, neither location is a priority for me.
I detest the cold, and I'm not much a beach-goer, which is probably why I didn’t go to a beach in Portugal either...
Never have I ever bought a 福袋
’Fukubukuro' are gift bags available around New Year's. Considering that I've only been in Japan for one New Year's, and also didn't know about these bags until I returned, I don't feel too upset about not getting my hands on one. You can't want what you don't know about!
So, that's a short list of some things that I have never done in Japan. Although you might be shocked at a few of these, I’ve actually done quite a lot in Japan, and I hope you do too!