2011年1月2日日曜日

staring at the strangers

MIL, Meg, Amy and I have been doing a lot of walking around here. No willing and able driver means each and every outing is on foot. I'm loving it and the girls less so. I explained that, like many women her age, their grandma never got her license and has walked or cycled or been driven everywhere her whole life. I was hoping they'd be pretty impressed with this (as I am) but I think they both felt she was rather odd....

Anyway, been doing a lot of walking in some pretty working class areas of an outer suburb of the city.

And as I guess you'd expect but still vainly hope against we've been garnering quite a bit of attention of the stop and stare type.

Rather obvious staring.

Amy noticed and asked why all the people keep staring at us.

Without missing a beat Meg replied:

"Probably because we're from Nagano. I don't think many people from Nagano come here."

I love that that's the way she processes it rather than (more accurately) blaming it on her (obviously) foreign mum but I do worry that she really is quite naive about the way the world- and in particular visually near homogenous Japan- works.

Still, Amy was happy with that answer so I guess I'll enjoy their innocence while it lasts and be happy that they aren't telling me to walk on the other side of the street, hey?

3 件のコメント:

Gaijin Wife さんのコメント...

Living in inaka we do get used to being known. I get quite a shock when I go other places and get stared at - although that said, this last trip home I realized that NZers stare a lot too - or rather look you in the eye for no apparent reason. Was bit off putting. I got quite shy!

Kim さんのコメント...

That is sweet innocence! I read a book to Jun about Moms that look different than kids - animials, but...and tried to connect it to us. Didn't happen. My sis (kids 1/2 Japanese) said she always felt she looked Japanese because she looked at Japanese faces every day. My niece said she felt she looked caucasian - 'cause seh was always looking at her mom. Interesting!

thefukases さんのコメント...

I think you're both right- I only see Japanese faces around me so I tend to forget not that I'm not foreign but that I look foreign. And yeah, the euye contact in Oz was really unsettling last time. Kept thinking 'do I *know* that person??'