I can describe the moment I realized I would always stand out in Japan. I had gone skiing in Hiroshima Prefecture. Covered head to toe in a hat, scarf, jacket, gloves, pants, and boots, no part of my hair, eyes, or skin was visible, save my nose. Despite my above average height, I thought this would be the one time I could be guaranteed to see the country as a Japanese person does. However, while skiing down the mountain at an unsafe velocity, I could still hear someone shouting “HELLO!”
Foreigners don’t have to try and stand out when they’re in Japan, but US citizens have certain tells that distinguish them from your average overseas visitor.