I already posted this elsewhere to which I got a variety of positive reviews. So I might as well chuck it here too.Update on my trip to the girlfriends house!
Heres some backstory:
Basically, my girlfriend finally told her parents that she has a boyfriend. This is infact the first time she told her parents that she has one. The fact that I'm a foreign menace just makes the news more interesting. Initially the lass was told by her mother that she should break up with me ASAP to avoid any heartbreak. According to my girlfriend, her mother is of the opinion that foreigners in Japan are mere emotionless playboys. Upon hearing that I decided it would be good to meet the family and justify myself ......as you do.
Well I arrived with her outside Shizuoka station to a rather stern looking man standing infront of his car eying my each step rather causiously. He aproached me and quietly said "How do you do (literally)" and quickly looked away, too quick for me to even give a response, in English or Japanese. Essentially leaving me to respond with a confused Janglish style "Pleased to Hajimemashite you" making me look like a total dork. Do first impressions count?
Initially I was fearing meeting the mother as she was the one who told her that she should break up with me because I`m a foreigner. Whereas on the otherhand, she told me her father likes to speak English all the time. So far I got cold looks from the father. If this is anything to go by, then the mother is going to be a riot.
Anyway, we got in the car and they were talking about things that have passed since she was last there. I mean fair enough, its been half a year since he`s seen his daughter so I had no problem just sitting there looking out at the frankly quite beautiful setting that Shizuoka has to offer. Suddenly it fell silent. He adjusts his wind mirror to me and starts to ask me a couple of questions (in Japanese).
"Gakusei?" he asked."
Thats right, an exchange student to be exact" I responded.
"So when are you here until?"
"Oh I still have till the end of the academic year if I want, but I`m thinking of leaving quite early around August, got some preparations to do fo my final year, graduation and job hunting"
This was the first time I saw him smile. He asked "Oh, preparation is important indeed. Wont August be a bit late to go back though?" The sly dog. The questions paused and he concentrated on the road, leaving all three of us silent for a while. I had a feeling that this was going to be a long car ride.
The questions that followed were the same type of ones we all get from Japanese people who we meet for the first time. "Do you like Natto? Sake? Fish? Japanese Culture? etc etc" The more I answered his questions, the better the conversation got. He seemed rather impressed that I could speak Japanese, to which he started to can the formalities of asking typical gaijin questions and actually made various compliments about both my appearance and my prospects for my future endeavours. I think he was kinda testing me - he actually was a really nice guy who naturally was just a bit weary about his daughter having a foreign boyfriend. Though I have a feeling that the reception would have been the complete opposite if I wasn`t Japanese literate. I guess it does go to show that language is pretty damn important for impressing the parents. The long car ride became pleasant.
Not long after, we arrived at the house to where the final boss was prowling - The Mother. Kozue`s (girlfriends name) customary bleat of 「ただいま！」(I`m home!) got my heart racing as I knew that within the next couple of seconds, I would be face to face with her. 「お帰りなさい！」(Welcome home!) the beast rupturiously responded. Each sound she made from her footsteps to the front door began to fall in tandem to the beating of my heart - suffice to say, I was shitting myself. I had my gift ready like it was a crucifix. Clutching it ready like there was no tomorrow.She flicks the switch and her shadow appears. From that shadow appears her and....I`ll tell you the rest and what happened tomorrow evening. Sadly its now 3:44 and I have classes tomorrow.
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