My great-grandpa was stationed in Japan after WW2 and they adopted a Japanese kid (my great uncle). Since then, I’ve been obsessed with the culture, especially since my grandma is still very into it from growing up there (kimono to weddings, remembers the language, does art, etc) although her adopted brother passed awhile ago.
Obviously, I’m obsessed with anime and just the prettiness of the art. All of it. I feel like the whole country is an aesthetic dream. Except for the killer hornets. But I plan on moving there after I graduate (and possibly before on a work-study program) but yup. Been my dream since I was 12 and started studying Kanji.
My grandma makes a black tea from there that tastes almost chocolate-y (I imagine it’s the tea that Levi Ackerman drinks lol) but she leaves it in the sun all day to steep. Some of her school friends in Japan taught her that method, they called it Sun tea, and we make our Chocolate Mint the same way.
I also have a pendant from Japan that she got as a gift from one of her school friends, that says a proverb about hope in Japanese (she gave it to me because I’m the only grandkid that has any interest in Japan. They also lived in Germany and England and everyone else cares more about that culture in my fam XD).