Being noticeably different in Japan is sort of pleasant. For one thing, they don't expect me to speak fluent Japanese. Also, I get many compliments for my looks, which usually hardly ever happens in Lithuania. I believe other people experience the same. The status of a "visible foreigner" sort of bonds, I guess. It's easy to guess that most of us have been through similar situations. On the other hand, I feel a bit strange, since I don't know these people and never will. Besides, some of the Japanese around us might have much more in common with me than these foreigners.
I wonder if two Japanese would smile at each other in Lithuania. Possible.