#7 Milk is Poison


Here’s an important discovery I made while visiting my Japanese teacher’s house for dinner.

So, we’re sitting there, doing some small-talk and eating Japanese food made by his wife. We’re 8 people by the table: my Japanese teacher Ishiguro-sensei, his wife, their two children, both under 6 years old, and 4 international students.

At the end of the meal we get some dessert- a very nice and elaborate looking cake with super cool icing. The kids are offered some cake too, but they refuse it politely asking to have some milk instead. The wife brings a bottle of milk and pours half a glass for each kid. Their eyes sparkle. The kids down the milk like an Eastern European downs vodka.

Putting their best puppy-eyes on show, they ask for more milk.

The teacher looks at us, foreign students, curious with the situation, and unwillingly pours a quarter of a glass of milk. He then adds they shouldn’t drink so much milk because it’s bad for them, and swiftly takes the remaining milk away from the kids’ eyes.

Now, what can you learn from this story?

By no means does it mean you can no longer drink milk in Japan and that each time you take that bottle of milk in SAEKI everyone will realise you are indeed, a gaijin.

However, there are some steps you should take to maintain your thoroughly worked upon Japanese identity:

  1. When you go food shopping, don’t fall into the habit of putting milk as one of the first items into the basket as that reveals you consider it a staple item.  It should be something you put in your basket last, as if it were a sinful treat
  2. If you own a small food store, consider storing milk by the cashier, you know, where the impulsive, hard to resists buys like chocolate are kept. Good marketing practice.
  3. For god’s sake, do NOT have milk for breakfast (with the exception of holidays)
  4. Do not consume more than one glass at a time
  5. Never ask for milk if you’re at someone’s as a guest. It’s like asking for Moet & Chandon (in terms of not every family having it, plus you’d be setting a bad example to their kids)
  6. Do some research so that you know why milk is so evil. Then you can complain about it to your Japanese friends and/or teach other gaijin the right way. Reading the book “The Lifestyle that Doesn’t Make You Sick” could be helpful (if you run out of reasons, there’s always the golden one of gaijin smelling bad because they consume dairy products)


(And no hot milk with honey before bed, your neighbours are watching you)


9 responses to “#7 Milk is Poison

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  3. uhm, dude sorry but you’re completely wrong. just because you heard one person say “it’s bad for you”? That’s like a Japanese person coming to America and believing people actually think that your eyes will get stuck if you cross your eyes.
    THEY DRINK WHOLE MILK AT SCHOOL! Every. Single. Day. Elementary through junior high school and if you don’t drink that milk you get dirty looks from the teachers. Even the teachers all drink it and get upset with ME, the foreigner, if I don’t.
    And gaijin are smelly because they eat/drink dairy products? I’ve never been FORCED to have so much dairy in my life until I moved to Japan. You can’t escape it- the pudding, the yogurt, cream bread, cream soups, whole milk, etc.

  4. I was just about to post what Len up there said (except that I actually drank more milk back home).

    I just can’t believe the volume of misinformation pasted up on this blog about Japan. Is this blog supposed to be a satire of how retarded blogs by Gaijin about Japan tend to be? That is it, isn’t it?

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