30 September 2012 ~ 7 Comments

Conversations 2012 #4: Japanese Need To Hear This!

The following conversation took place between myself and a private student in a café in Yokohama. She’d just come back from a holiday in Shanghai

Me: You’re glowing!

(Student turns beet red)

Student: Really?? Two of my co-workers said the same…

Me: It’s true! It’s very becoming…

Student: Well, I kinda did eat a lot in Shanghai…

Me: Huh??? What? Chinese food makes you glow?

Student: Yes, if you eat a lot you will grow…futotta deshou? (I got fat!)

Me: Huh? No, I mean GLOW! Like the moon at night.

Student: Ohhhhh glow! lol

Me: I would never tell a woman she got fat… marriages have ended over less in the States. I’ve lost girlfriends over even insinuating that. Two co-workers told you that??? Isn’t that a little rude? I hope they were female, at least…

Student: Yes, I think it’s rude too, but Japanese people do it just the same…syougannai.

Me: Well, anyway, how was Shanghai?

(I braced myself for yet another chapter on how horrible the Chinese are…)

Student: It was great!

Me: I’m sorry to…huh? It was great? Really?

Student: Yes! I had a wonderful time! The food was so-so, but the people were very kind and peaceful.

Me: That’s great! What about all this nonsense over that island? Weren’t there a lot of demonstrations and anti-Japanese foolishness?

Student: There’s an area near where the Japanese embassy is and near some of the big Japanese companies. But, otherwise, no problem.

Me: Did you meet any Chinese people?

Student: Yes! I spoke English, of course. I was a little scared with all the news and whatnot. And, they’d always ask me where was I from.

Me: And you’d tell them the truth?

Student: Of course. I told them I am Japanese and they didn’t get angry or anything. They were very nice and curious about Japan.

Me: Wow! Watch the news here and you’d think there were roving lynch mobs looking for any adults with Hello Kitty cell phones…dead give away.

Student: Haha! Actually, Rillakkuma is really popular there! People were taking pictures with him!

Me: Unbelievable! How about the staff at your hotel? How were they?

Student: Very friendly and helpful! I went to a park near my hotel and people were dancing and singing there every day. It was so relaxing and beautiful.

Me: No wonder you’re glowing! You know what? You should write about this!

Student: Eeeee…

Me: Seriously! Don’t be shy. Write a letter about your experience, and send it with some pictures and stuff to the newspapers or the TV stations. Japanese people need to hear about this.

Student: You think so?

Me: Certainly. All they’re getting from the media these days is a giant helping of bad news and negativity. They need to know there are multiple angles to this story…and they need to hear it from a Japanese person. If the media is even remotely interested in being balanced in their reporting during this crisis, they’ll at least think about running your story.

Student: That’s true…I’ll think about it!

Me: Cool!





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7 Responses to “Conversations 2012 #4: Japanese Need To Hear This!”

  1. chris 30 September 2012 at 10:04 pm Permalink

    Sometimes the reality gets through the media filters. Glad she smuggled out some reality and shared.

    BTW….tell me that’s not your K-tai bro!! 😉

    • Locohama 30 September 2012 at 10:26 pm Permalink

      Sheeeeeet, don’t sleep on the kitty keitai. It’s got all the bells and whistles lol thanks for tha shout yo

  2. Dochimichi 1 October 2012 at 4:31 am Permalink

    せっきょくの話しですね。いい気持ち (o^^o)

    • Locohama 1 October 2012 at 7:20 am Permalink

      Deshou (-:

  3. rap 1 October 2012 at 8:34 am Permalink

    good to read this. and great that you’re encouraging her to spread the word!

    • Locohama 1 October 2012 at 8:54 am Permalink

      I find myself in the unenviable position of speaking up for Chinese people here that it was a beautiful moment for me. The recent news is just gas being thrown on an already raging fire…just doing what I can to douse it.

  4. Chris Davis 1 October 2012 at 9:00 am Permalink

    Glad she had a good time in China. A student of mine was in China for a conference just before the riots started to break out. She was with her colleagues and approached several time by locals. Each time they were immediately asked “Are you Japanese?”. They responded yes and received very dirty looks. Needless to say, she doesn’t plan to visit China again anytime soon.

    A more positive story, my brother in law had to go to China to check up on his company’s factory and I had actually been a little worried about him. But he explained that the factory itself is actually owned and run by a Chinese company and they are just contracted by his company so, for outsiders, there are no obvious signs of the factory’s Japan affiliation. Thus, they haven’t experienced any of the problems that some other Japanese factories have had.

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