I can see where the author went wrong, and perhaps why so many people are upset. The use of absolutes to cover such a wide and diverse area is probably not the best idea. But I’m not sure why so many people are upset with the idea of Americans missing certain aspects of their homeland? I don’t know what Europe has and doesn’t have (never been) but as someone who has lived in Japan for 4 years, I can relate. No one is expecting Europeans (or in my case, The Japanese) to celebrate 4th of July, but it’s something I miss. And while things like pizza, peanut butter, and hamburgers are available…the Japanese counterparts taste different and the American versions require you to go outta your way to find. And while there are some stores that stay open past 9pm, none of them are anywhere near where I’m living. I would politely suggest the author change the article title to reflect the specific area in which she lives and for everyone else to stop being quite so anal. Just because you have it where you live, doesn’t mean it exists throughout the country (they have a lot of things in Tokyo and Sapporo that I don’t have) or in the same abundance it does in the USA.