In November 2001 I was sound asleep in my dormitory bunk bed in Perth when I was awoken by the arrival of three noisy Japanese people. One disappeared without trace but I got chatting to the other two (Shinji and Hikaru) and we exchanged the usual travel questions before moving on to the more serious matter of rude words!! This was very amusing to us and so my first words in Japanese were bad ones and cannot obviously be mentioned here as swearing unnecessarily is a f*cking cheap way of getting a laugh!
To their credit they did teach me some more useful stuff such as greetings, numbers and the days of the week but needless to say they didn’t have as much of impact on me. I’d like to think that some of the moments we shared were part of the reason for me getting interested in Japan which in turn lead to me coming here.
Although I have seen them both individually recently this was the first time the three of us had been together since late 2001. We met up in Shinjuku last Sunday and went to a cheap Japanese restaurant for something to eat followed by a visit to British pub ‘The Hub’ and caught up with each other and inevitably reminisced about our short time together in room B10 at ‘The Globe’ in Perth.
After that myself and Shinji went for more food; this time I tried yet another ramen type place in the form of ‘Bankara’ in Ikebukuro where I had a pork and noodles dish.