I'm fascinated by other cultures, the more 'otherly' the better. Mostly I like mining them for new ideas and modes of existence. Humans all have the same needs, and myriad ways of meeting them. I grew up in a predominately Hispanic culture and then went Midwest American, there were enough differences to create cultural shock, but it's all mostly Western (European Originated) culture.
I've been consuming Japanese media for years now, and not only does the contrast in culture get me to thinking, also every once in a while a gem pops up that I can use in my life. What have you picked up from your obsession with other Peoples that you've put to use?
1. Chairs, couches and benches are superfluous. Once you eliminate those, tables get shorter and moving gets a hell of a lot easier. And it's good for your back.
2. Rice keeps longer than bread, and the Japenese equivalent of the sandwich: the rice ball, is just as versitile.
3. You really don't need all that shit in your house. Including all those single function kitchen gadgets.
4. All good samurai keep their swords and kitchen knives sharp.