This conversation took place a few minutes ago here in the office at my job between Akiyama and I.
Akiyama: (looking at my shoe-less feet) Where are your shoes?
Me: I forgot them at the other school )-:
Akiyama: You’re gonna walk around like that all day? It’s strange.
Me: …and dangerous! But, the house slippers are all too small for me. Damn that was stupid of me to forget them.
Akiyama: Yes, it was. (-:
Me: Thanks. At home, I have a pair of flip flops, but I’ve worn them outside I think. Say, is it really bad if I wear shoes inside the school that I’ve worn outside like once or twice?
Akiyama: What shoes? Those flip flops you’re talking about?
Me: Yeah…bad, huh? How would people feel about that? I mean, if I wore them in the school, what would be the reaction?
Akiyama: I can’t speak for everyone, but I think it’s kinda dirty…
Me: Yeah, but nobody will know I’ve worn them outside except…wait a minute. (smile) You’re special.
Akiyama: Huh? I’m special?? How?
Me: Usually, if I asked a question like that, well, most Japanese people will say “We” think it’s kinda dirty, but you said “I”.
Akiyama: Really? You know…(laughs) I think you might be right.
Me:…or they’d say, ”Hotondo” (Almost all).
Akiyama: Hmm… You should ask Yoshida-sensei…see how she answers. I bet you she’s a “We”.