Dentists, doctors, orthodontists. Having lived in Japan for most of my adult life, the only prices I know for services by these are Japanese prices. The other day, a friend complained on Facebook about paying over $1,000 (roughly ¥100,000) to have two cavities drilled in America, and I was shocked; I got three of my own cavities drilled this year in Japan for less than ¥7,000 ($70) total. Of course, I know there’s a price difference between things in the U.S. and Japan—but actually seeing that price difference when buying glasses, a car, or having dental procedures performed surprises me. It’s even more awkward when Japanese friends and family ask the usual “How much does [insert thing] cost in America?” and I have to answer honestly, “I don’t know.”