ยง Childhood: Playing pokemon gold in japanese

I just recalled this very off memory of how back when I was a kid, somehow the only version of pokemon (gold) that was circulating amongst folks was the one in japanese. So we freaking played gold in japanese. I can't believe I got through so many levels with no clue of what in the actual fuck I was doing. I remember being stuck at the point where you need to use cut to cross a barrier or something, and figuring it out by accident. Pretty sure I got blocked someplace because I lost the surf HM. This memory just resurfaced, and I spent a solid five minutes thinking about just how insane the whole thing is. A kid's determination to play a game knows no bounds, indeed.