Last year, I did not feel so depressed about being in Japan on the 4th of July, but this year it actually bothers me. This is probably because I have been feeling homesick, but I think it also has to do with me being in a country that is pretty un-patriotic. Sure, during the World Cup the fans went nuts for their country…until they lost. After Japan was out of the tournament, there was no more talk about the national team and any sort of Japanese flag hung outside a store to support the team was taken down. The Japanese flag itself is something that, at least in my experience, Japanese people do not take as seriously as Americans do. In my elementary school, I talked a little about the 4th of July and how important it is to Americans. Most of the kids thought it was stupid that Americans only have fireworks on this day. They all kind of missed the point. Then again, Japan never had to drive a conquering country out of its land. Apparently, Japan does have an Independence Day, but no one knows about it, nor does anyone celebrate it.
I guess I am just missing my homeland right now and my thoughts are not really coming out the way I want them to, but I miss the feeling of warmth and excitement that came with the 4th of July and I miss it.