Originally Posted by erictheobscure
^ True, but in Tokyo, I'd have to explain that I'm not Japanese (sumimasen, nihonjin dewa arimasen
) and deal with the nearly inevitable awkwardness.
I have a buddy who is ethnically Japanese but he is from Hawaii and his Japanese language skills are almost non-existent. He is also a bit
very doughy. The most common thing out of his mouth is "whaaa huhhh ohhh sorry dude my bad". His encounters with Japanese nationals can be epic.