It's us again. Tatyana in San Francisco, with Natalie and Mila.
Your fans need to know, what color is the dress? Ask your dad, he'll show you a picture.
Speaking of lots of people going crazy over a silly thing - I know you read a lot, and have been to US. Is there anything Americans do that you find silly? It can be all of us or just some Americans you saw or read about.
I can tell you what I find strange about Japanese culture - the low dinner table. If we had a table so low, our dogs would join us for dinner. They're terribly behaved dogs and try to eat human food all the time. Japanese dogs must be better trained, or maybe people in Japan are better at sharing.
Tatyana, thanks for your question! Actually, we hadn't heard about the "dress controversy" here in Japan. (I had to google it.) But concerning your question...
Is there anything Americans do that you find silly?
Roy: Americans eat too much food and people get fat.
Lulu: There are too many fat foods. People in Japan don't get fat so much. And in America, when you put up your middle finger, it starts a fight. Why does it have to be the middle finger? Why not the first finger, or the second finger, or the pinky?
[Adam's note: It's true, on our rare visits to the U.S., we can't help being amazed by the size of the portions and some of the people. Poor Roy still shakes his head over the fact that he had to throw away half of an ice cream cone he got from a Baskin-Robbins because it was so big. A child throwing away ice cream?! What has this world come to?! And as for low tables in Japan, not everyone eats at these low tables. We sit at a regular dining room table...though my kids have been known to eat from bowls on the floor every now and then. ]
Tatyana, we hope to see all of you in San Francisco one day! I lived there long ago, and I miss it dearly!
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