Thursday, December 01, 2005

You know you're a minority when....

I was walking to school this morning from the subway and a business man in a suit stopped me (we walk past eachother every morning, he's going down the hill, I'm going up...)...
"Excuse me, Teacher Jennifer? I have these pamphlets for a Festival in Nara. I wanted you to know about it so that you can go, it's the 870th anniversary of this festival. Please tell your friends to go with you, it will be good for you!"
He proceeded to tell me the dates of this festival (which conflict with my return flight home, darn-it-all) and the different events and sub-festivals that will be held.... I've never spoken to this man before and he certainly hasn't been in the staffroom at our school... Every day when I leave the school, as I walk back down the hill to the trainstation there's a few old ladies who bid me "Sayonara." Seems logical, right? Except that in Japan it's the custom to say "Konichiwa" when passing someone on the street, not "goodbye." These folks all know exactly who I am, where I'm going to and where I'm coming from. How strange is that? I can only imagine what it must be like to live in a small town in this country!

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