A bearded foreign man in Osaka yesterday celebrated his 5th J-birthday with friends and friends at a local izakaya.
“I can’t believe I’m already 5-years-a-gaijin,” Karl Jenkins said to the group before blowing out five candles.
“Happy J-birthday to you, happy J-birthday to you, happy J-birthday dear Ka-ru sensei, happy J-birthday to you,” the group sang.
Jenkins, however, wasn’t a 5-years-a-consecutive-gaijin, as he had added in his 1-month trip to Tokyo, when he was a high school student, to his total overall years living in Japan.
Jenny, on the other hand, also attending the party, is a 4-years-a-consecutive-gaijin provoking conjecture as to who is the more superior foreigner.
Jenny has made short trips back to America to visit family and friends, but was still paying rent for her apartment in Japan; therefore, not disqualifying her from consecutive-gaijin status.
Since turning 5, Jenkins has started ending many of his Japanese sentences with ‘と’ and omitting the word 思います.