More and more gaijin are shocked by the fact that Japanese people are living with their parents well into their 20s and 30s, and they think that it is time that these Japanese just grew up.
“I’ve met so many Japanese adults that still live with their parents, and I can’t understand why,” says Malorie Conway, 28, from Australia. “I have lived on my own since I was 19, and being a fully-fledged adult means that I can sleep past noon on weekends and eat leftover pizza for breakfast every day.”
“It really annoys me that my Japanese girlfriend Natsuho still lives at home with her folks,” complains Arnold Francis, 31, from New York. “The other day, when I was a bit broke, my parents sent me a bit of spending money, so I suggested that we go to a party to play beer pong, before heading to a nightclub after which going back to someone’s house to drink cheap chu hai until 6am.
“But she said that she has to be home by midnight as her mother worries. I mean, yes, she has to care for her elderly grandmother, is a regional manager for her company’s sales team, and is a volunteer with an education program for underprivileged children, but who has a curfew? You’re supposed to be an adult!”