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05:21 pm: If you stay in Japan long enough...
I've been invited...or, rather, begged...to participate in an International Festival next weekend, so I went to a luncheon today to hash out the details. Three exchange students from Hawaii and one other ALT will also be participating. During the lunch, we were told we'd each be interviewed on stage for about five minutes, and we should think of what we would want to tell the people of Moriyama. So far, so good.

During the conversation, I mentioned that this is my fourth year living in Japan. One of the women present felt moved to comment upon this.

Woman: Oh, that must be why...

Me: <expecting> ...your Japanese is so good.

Woman: ...you look Japanese.

Me: ...?

Woman: Or maybe I should say, you have the kind of face Japanese men like.

Me: ...? <thinks> You mean...foreign?

In any case, apparently the longer you stay in Japan, the more Japanese (or closer to the Japanese ideal) you look. I see.

Finally our interviewer left, and I thought the luncheon was over. But, no, another woman came in to take her place. It seems she was late because she accidentally took the wrong train. So she started out with, "Have you talked about the game?"

Us: ...Game?

It turns out that not only do they want to interview us, they want us to lead a half-hour game afterward. Great. (Of course, when I was invited to attend, I was assured, "You only have to show up, you don't have to do anything." Right. That's the last time I'll believe *that* one.)

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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:February 27th, 2005 01:23 am (UTC)
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In any case, apparently the longer you stay in Japan, the more Japanese you look. I see.
Didn't you know? It's the water. The longer I stay here, the less blond my hair will be, because I'm using Japanese water. Of course, I use shampoo that I brought from home, so my hair is turning dark more slowly than it normally would.

I didn't realize that the water would have the same effect on your face, but somehow it doesn't surprise me very much.
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:February 27th, 2005 10:28 am (UTC)
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The longer I stay here, the less blond my hair will be, because I'm using Japanese water. Of course, I use shampoo that I brought from home, so my hair is turning dark more slowly than it normally would.

Is this like Rapunzel in Koori? Your shampoo is like the spell that disguises the effect of Wild's immortality spell Japanese water...

OK, I guess I officially need help.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:February 27th, 2005 02:00 pm (UTC)
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Is this like Rapunzel in Koori?

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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:February 27th, 2005 04:38 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I think it's all the BL. Slowly turning me to the dark side. (Fight it, shampoo! Fight that dark side!)

Also, I don't seem to get a hot demon lover in the deal. No fair, I say.
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:February 27th, 2005 04:53 pm (UTC)
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Also, I don't seem to get a hot demon lover in the deal. No fair, I say.

If only they gave those away at Love Attack instead of pencil boards and coaster sets. I wonder how many purchase points you'd have to accumulate for a Wild?
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:February 27th, 2005 05:52 pm (UTC)
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I wonder how many purchase points you'd have to accumulate for a Wild?
8,459,731. (And he'd come in a set with Rapunzel.)

Actually, life sized stand-ups would be a nifty extra. I know I'd go out of my way to get them. (Not that there's room for even one in my tiny apartment...)
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From:megory
Date:February 27th, 2005 05:00 am (UTC)

How awesome!

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...or I'm not too jealous!

Did you mention that you already looked Japanese your first year (when the man in the car in front of you finally realized you were foreign)?

Frankly, I think it's your shyness. I think one's demeanor does a lot to affect how one's perceived.

But, to me, that would be the highest compliment possible in any culture, but especially in Japan. I would have been very pleased with that exchange.

The international festival sounds sooo exciting. I will want to hear every last detail. We started up our foreign studies club, and we want to do something special--but I'll need to know all the preparation kind of stuff, too. Please!

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From:megory
Date:February 27th, 2005 05:03 am (UTC)

Re: How awesome!

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P.S. I think you had a valid point with your language ability, too. There are quite a few things you have going for you to give that impression. It's awesome!
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:February 27th, 2005 01:58 pm (UTC)

Re: How awesome!

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Did you mention that you already looked Japanese your first year

I did tell that story (in a different context). But that was at night...while it was snowing...so I don't think it really counts.

The international festival sounds sooo exciting.

I'm thinking of taking my videocamera. We're supposed to arrive at 1pm, though our interview isn't until 3pm, so I guess we just sit around watching for two hours. On the schedule there's something listed as "folk dance," though when I asked *what kind* of folk dance, the organizing lady couldn't tell me. At first she thought it was salsa, but then she changed her mind. (I think it's being put on by a group of Brazilians...maybe? There's a high Brazilian population in this area.)

(When I asked about it, she invited all of us to dance too. We were like, "Um...we don't dance..." She answered, "Oh, but in America, people *all* dance. You know, holding hands, cheek-to-cheek." <grabs my hand to demonstrate> "I see it on movies.")
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From:megory
Date:February 28th, 2005 03:40 am (UTC)

Re: How awesome!

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Yes, definitely, video would be super.

... they all dance
Bob says that would have been movies from the 50's. They did then.

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