My first day

in Job

Twas my first day of work at my first job in Japan. Beaming with anticipation and confidence I exited the train station into the city that was to become my second home. Mission: Find the office. This should have been easy considering I was looking for one of the largest "fast food" English school chains in the country. It wasn't. I have a tendency to turn left when I know I should be turning right.

30 minutes later and incredibly lost and confused I decided to ask for help. At the time my Japanese speaking ability was virtually non-existent so I figured I could show someone the map and they could point me in the right direction. I spotted a respectable/kind looking middle-aged woman and zoned in on my target. With my little map held out and my best "lost puppy" face I approached and said "sumimasen" (one of the few words I knew at the time).... What happened next still stumps me to this day.

The kindly looking lady looked up at me and intense fear swept across her face. Then she ran. She RAN! In her little dainty business heals she sprinted away from me as fast as possible. She even looked back a few times to make sure I wasn't following her.. She RAN!?!! I stood there in shock and awe. I mean I am no Cindy Crawford but to this day my mug hasn't made a baby cry..

I understand some people are shy. I understand that some people don't like to talk to strangers, especially "aliens". I understand that some people can't or don't want to use English. But to run away??

Enlighten me will ya!!


ps. I will be posting experiences of mine and my friends in relation to life in Japan on a weekly/bi-weekly basis. I hope to get enlightenement through responses from you!! Also if you have any experiences you want to share and seek "enlightenment" (or just any kind of feedback) from please feel free to post it here!!