16 April 2014 ~ 7 Comments

2014 Conversation #2: What Do You Dislike?

3532878-arrowI was sitting at my desk just now, mouthful of lunch, eyes locked on my PC, reading up on my new obsession / guilty pleasure, the TV show “Arrow”, one of the new English teachers taps me on the shoulder.

Me (still holding the chopsticks to my mouth, tearing into a piece of the tastiest ass broiled chicken I’ve ever had in a hot lunch box in Japan as he stands there patiently waiting while I chew and swallow it): Yes?

New English Teacher (in horribly broken and barely coherent Japanese-English, reminiscent of the now famous Okubo-Sensei  from my second book, Loco in Yokohama): You, nihon no, Japan no, like food?

Me: Do I like Japanese food???

NET: EEE? Eeeeeto… Anoo… (He makes the universal symbol for chopsticks and pantomimes eating.) You eat?

Me: Do I eat Japanese food? You’re asking a man eating Japanese food right in your face can he eat Japanese food?

NET: Yes!

Me: No. (He was starting to rub me the wrong way at this point. I could see he was going to make this a trying year ahead. So I returned my focus to the PC, wondering why he’d interrupted me in the first place. He’d come at me like it was an emergency that could hardly wait for me to finish chewing. Moments like these I wish were the Arrow!) Yesterday, I told you I’ve been living here 10 years. Remember?

NET: Eee?? Chotto Wakannai…(I don’t understand)

Me: 10年間日本に住んでいるよ!What do you think I eat everyday? Starbucks and McDonald’s?

NET: Anooo…You Japan long years? Eeee… Japan, food, nani, kirai, don’t like…what?

Me: What do I dislike in Japan? Well for one, こんな質問がきらい (I hate these kinds of questions)

NET: (bows deeply and scurries away)

(I’m looking forward to watching Arrow tonight.)



(10 minutes later after lunch I see him seated at his desk, trying not to be seen. Feeling kinda bad, I go over and tap him on the shadow, startling him.)

Me: Actually I don’t care for natto very much.

NET: Eeee?

Loco: 納豆もきらい

NET: Ah, so. Me too…



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7 Responses to “2014 Conversation #2: What Do You Dislike?”

  1. Turner 17 April 2014 at 3:40 am Permalink

    こんな質問がきらい. I’ll have to remember that. Could have been useful. Although natto isn’t my favorite thing, I don’t mind it before a day of hiking or something strenuous, and usually answer those “Can you eat natto?” questions with “Of course, every day. All foreigners love natto.”

    • Locohama 17 April 2014 at 7:28 am Permalink

      What’s up yo! Yeah, it just flew out my mouth, too. Kinda shocked me that I could shut someone down so harshly. Guess I’m leaking gaman. Hmmmm…

  2. Billy 17 April 2014 at 10:11 am Permalink

    “Arrow”?! WTF?!

    • Locohama 17 April 2014 at 12:09 pm Permalink

      I know, I know…guess I’m just a fanboy at heart lol

  3. Zen 19 April 2014 at 1:38 pm Permalink

    I love the Arrow show! Arrow and Walking dead are my favorites, then Grimm.

    • Locohama 21 April 2014 at 8:07 pm Permalink

      Quiet as kept (-; Walking dead was losing steam, but I’m gonna hang in there and hope for the best

  4. Ben 1 May 2014 at 2:14 am Permalink

    “Tap him on the shadow”… Right next to Dustomancy (ability to summon dust bunnies to do one’s bidding) and the ability to prophesies which way toast will land is ‘Shadow Taping’ the ability to hit, slap or even curb stomp someones shadow, very startling to the victim.

    Sorry could not help my self 😛 sounds like your going to have a lot of fun with that guy. Tell him the best way to improve his English is immersion, then drop him off somewhere in New Jersey, pick him up some years later and he will return a superhero, or, or, better idea, have him watch Arrow too?

    All I’m hearing from my friends is Game of Thrones, Game of Thrones this, Game of Thrones that, on and on, I think I’ll give Arrow a try just to spite them, thanks for the suggestion.

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