I was at my good friend’s house. She lived on the 4th floor. She was defrosting her out-of-control tiny fridge. I was helping her. There was so much ice all over that thing, it was crazy. So I broke off a piece and thought to myself, “what will this look like if I threw it off the balcony?”
So that’s what I did. I looked around, saw there were no cars or people, and tossed it. It shattered into a million pieces and looked amazing. Wow, I want to do that again! “Hey, look at this,” I said to my friend, and tossed another chunk. Except for this time, my hand slipped and it fell straight down and tore a hole through the awning of the izakaya on the first floor. I immediately realized I was being totally stupid, I could have hurt someone, and I needed to calm down and reassess my life.
Minutes later, a cop showed up at the door. “Did you throw ice?” No. “That was very dangerous if you did.” No, no I didn’t, what, someone threw ice?
A few days later, I went down to say hello to the izakaya people. “Did you hear about the falling ice?” the owner asked me. I went white. “Nooooo, what?”
“Ice fell the other day. From a plane. Can you believe that? The local news came and filmed us and asked me about it. I told them it was a huge piece and it just fell out of the sky, made a huge noise too!” said the izakaya owner, holding his arms out wide to indicate a piece of ice about the size of a person. Then, he showed me a newspaper article about ice falling dangerously from a plane.
Anyway, I’m glad nobody was hurt, and I’m also glad I didn’t get in trouble. And I have tried not to be such an idiot since.
2. Why do I blog about life in Japan?
It’s more that I blog about my life, and I’m in Japan. My beautiful mama’s Japanese and I consider myself about as Japanese as I am American too. I spent half my childhood and all my adult life here, I don’t know much else.
3. Can you tell me about minorities in Japan?
Why yes I can. Despite what everybody says, Japan is not a mono-ethnic, mono-cultural country. It’s not fair that these Japanese minorities don’t get to be included in the Japanese Identity. And that’s what I’m studying right now. I’m in grad school pretending to know what I’m doing.
If anybody wants to talk about their experiences or knowledge or ideas on this subject, please feel free to tell me about it. Like you, Loco. Are you planning on staying here in Japan indefinitely?
Loco told me I could give something a plug. I would like to promote my dear friend’s memoir.
Bar Flower: My Decadently Destructive Days and Nights As a Tokyo Nightclub Hostess
By Lea Jacobson
It’s funny, it’s entertaining, you’ll be happy you read it! I make a cameo in it as her bitchy annoying friend. Just like real life. If you want a taste of what she’s like, have a look at the link below. She answers the infamous Kazuhide’s (http://www.seekjapan.jp/article/jz/3015/contact) questions. It’s truly the meeting of two great minds. Try not to laugh too loudly.
That’s it! Thanks Loco, for letting me stop by your blog.
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@ Saboten Girl- Thank you for warming this party up and setting the tone! I feel charmed just to know people like you and be in your good graces. <3
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And, please don’t forget to keep Praying for Japan! People are still struggling and suffering!
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