Alright. I went to a cafe in the morning before my first full day of work on Tuesday. Cute little place right over by the temporary housing in Azabujuban.
There were people sitting sporadically.
So I sat next to the two ladies, who put two tables together and had more room between them and I.
They stopped dead-cold mid conversation and stared at me as I quietly sat down. Everyone else was on their phones except myself and these two lovely ladies. I looked over and they looked me up and down. Super angry looking.
Well kids, I have learned back in 田舎館村 that as obvious as it is for you to see they are staring, they may actually not fully realise they are staring. So, instead of saying “WHAT?!”, a simple “おはようございます” will generally do the trick. It does two things for you:
- Let’s them know that you know some Japanese so they are less likely to talk about you in front of you. But let’s be real…..they WILL talk about you at some point. Just be you and pay no mind to it.
- It let’s them know gently that you see them and you see them watching you. It is friendlier, and makes you look less like an asshole.
I enjoyed my breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage, and tea. This is what my food looked like when I was done:
So goddamn delicious, yo.