Commuters traveling on a train towards Akabane this week all took a sneaky peek at the token gaijin after an announcement in English was played through the loud speakers.
“That white dude is clearly to blame for me having to listen to this alien racket,” thought 52-year-old salaryman Shuta Arata.
“It’s bad enough having to listen to it every day in my own language let alone in this eigo bullshit.”
“But, I must say, he is sporting an incredibly luscious head of hair.”
Others in the carriage were less hostile, with some feeling an overwhelming sense of pride in the internationalization of their very tiny island nation.
“It’s incredible how worldly we’ve become, a truly internationalized society,” said 47-year-old housewife Toshiko Honda.
“I just hope that now they have some proper instructions in their native tongue they won’t be bothering me with any questions in English.”