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14 September 2006 @ 11:55 pm
a new friend!  
kelly and i were just talking today about how funny it is that while at home we're your run of the mill white girls, here in japan, we stand out as strange, almost exotic beings. no one can fail to notice us. this actually proved to be a possitive thing for once today.

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.
Mood: look at that exotic gaijin face there!
xoriana on September 14th, 2006 04:56 pm (UTC)
his english was already pretty good...he could use phrases like "fucking gay"

i have to say, that made me laugh pretty hard.
Mellenabsentmammoth on September 15th, 2006 04:17 am (UTC)
hehehe, i should probably clarify. he asked what i do, and i explained, and i asked him what he did. his answer was, "it's embarrassing, i work for this fucking gay company..."

all my friends laughed when i told them he said that too.
(Anonymous) on September 14th, 2006 09:20 pm (UTC)
cool! is he hot? what does a kansai accent indicate? where is he from?

yesterday, a similar (ok, not THAT similar) thing happened to me. A whole BUNCH of chinese students made friends with me. I talked all afternoon with this guy Jiu Lu, and helped him with his english. Apparently "that" (I think it was "that"... or some similar kind of word) in Chinese is "neg" or "nek." And similar to Americans saying "let's see, let's see..." or "ummm," Chinese people say "nega nega nega..." when they're trying to think of something.

well he wanted to know why this was a problem. It's funny how much foreign students ask me about social rules regarding race.

Anyway, I met about 4 of the Chinese students yesterday, and they were all so nice. I'm happy for new friends. Happy you have a new friend too! hi!

Mandafee_b on September 14th, 2006 09:21 pm (UTC)
I never log in. =(
Mellenabsentmammoth on September 15th, 2006 04:16 am (UTC)
well, she who never logs in (that's your indian name now), he was kinda cute now that you mention it. and having a kansai accent is kind of the equivalent of having a sounthern accent in the states. shows you're from the southern part of the country. he said he'd been living in osaka for a long time, which is part of the kansai region. so is kyoto.

and yeah again for internationalization and frieds!
gushurst on September 15th, 2006 04:19 am (UTC)
HAHAHA! You shoulda' messed with him!
M.E.: "Ehhh... I speakeah no engrish." (Insert confused look)
Mellen: gaijin faceabsentmammoth on September 15th, 2006 05:22 am (UTC)
hehe, yeah. i mean, it is entirely possibly i could have been german or something.