Some days are like that, even in
Today was actually a really good day. It’s just that my brain couldn’t seem to figure out what country I was in and, consequently, I made a series of really stupid blunders. Nothing catastrophic happened, although I was pretty humiliated when I couldn’t write my name after having lived in Japan for almost seven months. (I swear, most days I can do it. I just temporarily forgot how!)
Oh, and you might be wondering what a gaijin trap is. Gaijin means “foreigner.” It’s actually an abbreviation of gaikokujin, which loosley translates to “person from outside the country.” (And I should probably mention that some people consider “gaijin” to be a rude or pejorative term. I, however, have no problem with it.) Gaijin traps are the gutters that run alongside most Japanese roads. They are sometimes covered and sometimes open. The covers can be either metal grates or sturdier-looking concrete shelves. Either way, it’s best to avoid walking on them. The covers can cave in or break and you can get hurt or just embarrassed.