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28 March 2007 @ 09:26 pm
15 Days: Further Ruminations  
You know, like I mentioned before, I think with the sunglasses (especially at night) no one dares stare at me, even in Akita (except some of the kids, but then the parents look kinda nervous). I think it's because (1) it makes me a doubly-intimidating gaijin (cuz, you know, already semi-gojira-sized), and (2) they can't tell if I'm looking back, so nobody does more than glance quickly and look away.

I guess I look like a loony rock star or something. I'd much rather look at least slightly approachable, but しょうがない。

I think it really freaks out people when I bow at them, though. I don't think any of these older サラリーマン were expecting that.
Current Location: Akita, Japan
In the mood: amusedamused (yet annoyed)
Jelliskyjellisky on March 28th, 2007 09:07 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you're handling it pretty well, though. It's probably better than walking around squinting at every little thing. That's probably even weirder than the sunglasses all the time. *reminder to self: international travel... pack an extra set of regular glasses.*

Besides, you're just channelling your inner Corey Hart. ;) *dating myself with /that/ comment, ain't I?*

Keep enjoying the trip. Trust me, I'm truly envious of you right now, as I sit here... typing my life away... writing the paper that leads into my dissertation... with no job lined up yet... and having all the excitement that all this seems to bring... things like constant dread, extreme boredom, and manaical rage at the stupidity of the bureaucracy of large universities. ;) (Things aren't /really/ that bad with me... but that /has/ to make a whole lot of other situations look infinitely more rosy... ;) )

Keep having fun and practice your language skills more!

Douglas Triggs: taodoubt72 on March 29th, 2007 12:07 am (UTC)
Squinting? More like bumping into things. I'd almost need a cane.

As for bringing a spare pair -- oh, I have so noted that.

As for Corey, Dusty's been comparing me to this Japanese TV personality that always wears sunglasses, too.

The future's so bright!