kelly was going into himeji for japanese language classes today, and she was gonna hit up some subway sandwich (sando in japanese) action first. i had no plans for any kind of food in my own home, so i went along. kelly had to go to class at 7 and would be out again at 8:30, so i had some time to just chill out, walk around, etc. i hit up the grocery store of all things, and picked up some things not in my local store like tomato soup and a taco kit. after this, i still had about half and hour to kill, so i went to the building where her class was and just sat down in the common area where there are tables and chairs and waited.
after about 10 minutes, a japanese guy comes up to the table where i'm sitting and asks in pretty much perfect english if anyone is sitting here, and would i mind if he sat and talked with me for a while. he's trying to practice his english, and looking the way i do, he made the (correct) assumption that i'm a native speaker. i said sure, he introduced himself as Isamu, and we started just having a conversation. he was pretty surprised when he found i could also speak japanese, but since he had come over to speak english, that's what we did mostly (his japanese also had a very thick kansai accent that took me by surprise, so english was probably best). his english was already pretty good...he could use phrases like "fucking gay" and "it's a long story"...but it was nice to be approached by a japanese person for once instead of the other way around. of course, he'd spent some time in america, and he was a young guy with a less-than-typical japanese attitude, but still. he asked if he could have my email and maybe we could hang out some time in himeji, so i gave him my keitai email and i got his. i'm actually kind of excited about the prospect of having a new japanese friend, and i told kelly about it too, and she agrees that a new japanese friend is always welcome. we really don't have that many...i mean, coworkers don't really count. i can learn some serious kansai-ben from him too i hope, hehe.
so that was my exciting himeji adventure. looking like a crazy foreigner is alright now and again it seems.