Oki Culture

It’s almost spring here! It’s been hovering around 13 degrees Celsius, and it’s supposed to make it up to 16 on Wednesday! Hurray!

There are already pink blossoms popping up on the plum trees and birds cheerfully serenading me in the morning, and I find myself waking up much like how I imagine people wake up in musicals. (Minus the singing and the happiness.) But that’s not even the best part. The best part is what comes next. The wonderful green that slowly creeps out, and the distinct smell that follows loyally. Yes, I believe you know exactly what I’m talking about: Mold. The dreaded beast that plagues our island and probably the rest of Japan.

And so, to put it into perspective, I’ve made a short list of some of the things that can and will and have grown mold here.

First off is walls. (Though, admittedly, this can also happen in America so it’s not that spectacular.) Next, is floors, followed by food, shoes, skirts (particularly the ones you like), luggage, books, toothbrushes, sinks, window panes, and wallets. I’m taking extra care to make sure that I move my limbs every now and then so I don’t start sprouting some as well.

In a way, this is good. Because it encourages people to clean very frequently, and the OCD in me loves this. But on the other hand, I really just hate it.

One day, I woke up in the morning, did my morning routine, and then went to my closet to get my favorite black business skirt only to find it had somehow turned into a black skirt with green-white polka dots. It’s not exactly something I’d do a heel click for. So, I quickly found something else to wear (and by this time I was running short on time) and then I was to the door to put on my one pair of decent looking flats only to find them also very noticeably sprinkled with mold. Fortunately when all of this happened, Aaron was there to stop me from throwing out my shoes during my very dignified mini-fit-of-rage. He also saved the day by discovering that you can get mold off of shoes by using a toothbrush.

Who knew, eh?

My shoes losing the battle.

My shoes losing the battle.

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