At the Mushroom Party last week, I met someone who said to me – “I know you. You take Japanese lessons where my sister-in-law teaches and I often see you walk by my house in Higashiyama.” Even though this kind of thing often happens, I was still surprised. The sister-in-law was my teacher last year and Higashiyama is a section of town near the section I live in and I do walk in that area!
Sapporo is the largest city in Hokkaido and the fifth largest in Japan and many foreigners live there. Last week I went to a post office in Sapporo that I used to go to frequently, but I hadn’t been there in a few months. When I walked in the door, there were two men clerks at the counter, but a woman ran from the back, saying osashaburi desu (something like - long time no see). She knew my packages were airmail, small packet, to Amerika. I was amazed. She must see a lot of foreigners and she remembered me.
Sugoi desu ne!