It is 3pm. The children are out from school. They are laughing and playing. One girl has a t shirt that says, Gorgeous Yes Me on it. The children are starring at me. One child says hola! I can feel the sun on my face and I have my little one who is now 7 months old in front of me in a carrier.
This is an average day for me on the way to pick up my two year old.
If you pick up any magazine in Japan, you can see tons of Western products and now many places to shop for these goods, but true understanding is still far away.These kids and their parents don’t have a clue where I could possibly be from,….hence the ‘hola’. Being from NYC I cannot understand the ignorance of culture. It’s in my DNA to be in a multicultural state of mind. I also learned from my husband that many people have never heard English spoken! Now before I keep on about it just being my town, some of my aunts and uncles are just as bad. They are from other various towns throughout Japan.
In my little town I am the only black woman for miles. Actually, I did see another black woman in the making. A little girl about 10 with her friends at the festival. She was there with her dad and he appeared to be from Africa.
I have no idea why the language skills are so bad or at least why they are allowed to continue in this way. I do plan to teach English as a home teacher next year. Hopefully I can pull this off. They need me here. I love what I do and I will be sure that anyone I teach will be able to participate in society outside of their own country.