Wednesday 19th January

The level of Japanese that we are now expected to know has suddenly jumped up a gear; some of the set phrases that are required to issue permissions make reading ‘Ulysses’ in dog Latin seem like a walk in the park. It is therefore always encouraging when you learn a word that is much easier to spell in Japanese than it is in English. I can guarantee that I will never have any problems remembering the construction of geri (diarrhoea) for example.

Yes, this really is one guy. Walking on his hands and feet, and dressed in a set of matching nautical outfits.

On pretty much a daily basis I see something bizarre being done by a Japanese person; be it wearing an inflatable parrot, carrying around a dog in a canine styled pushchair, or just simply deciding that a medical eye patch makes for a really good fashion accessory. As such, whenever I see someone do something strange I just assume that they are Japanese. Imagine my surprise therefore when the gentleman at Shibuya station, who was dressed up as two child sailors dancing in tandem, turned out to be an American. This reminded me that I should not project racist stereotypes. Though having said that, this American guy did look like a complete idiot!



About truehamlet

Sam is a senior lecturer in Science Communication, who researches the different ways in which media such as poetry and film can be used to communicate science to new audiences.
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