A really old person in Chiba Prefecture today was extremely hard to understand for a foreigner thinking he was just starting to get some traction with the Japanese language.
“Nope, I have no idea what that guy just said,” thought 6-years-a-cummulative-gaijin Robin Gill.
“I think he may be speaking some kind of prehistoric dialect from the Jomon era.”
The local man, keen to chat with anything that moves, told the foreigner he was matteiru for the sakura to saku so he could crack open a socially-acceptable-sake-one-cup in the kouen.
“I’m pretty sure he mentioned World War 2,” says Gill, “But there’s no way I’m going there.”