Been back a few days now and pulled myself away from, er, sleeping, and have some anthropological notes about America today.
My first reaction - gaijin bakkari! Yeah, they're all "foreigners" (from a Japanese perspective, of course). And so many different colors! Japan is only about 1% immigrants, and most of those are Asian, so you have something like 99.9% Asians there. I see about one white or black person a day. After 6 years in Japan it is a pleasant shock being back home.
Second, Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas! Have a merry CHRISTMAS everyone!
Ahem. Excuse my dissent.
Last observation for the day - My, it's nice to be back home! Americans, even blue-staters, are wonderful people.