I went on a random date with a Japanese girl today. I kinda thought this was weird and deserved documentation because of the chain of events that lead up to this.
So let’s start at the beginning of the chain of events…
- I got in a fight with another ALT in the area and decided to not hang around that person for awhile.
- That lead me to not going to karate anymore on Mondays/Thursdays and sadly, missing one of my other Japanese friends, but freeing up my schedule at the same time.
- I scheduled to take the JLPT on July 1st (the only day) and couldn’t go out and celebrate that weekend for my birthday. Instead my friends and I went out on the next weekend (July 7th).
- That weekend, it was also raining heavily, which cancelled a camping event, freeing up my sempai to attend our birthday hijinx.
- Since we had our sempai with us, he was able to show us around to some nice bars. While deciding which bar to go into after our second hop, a pretty girl in pig-tails from a snack bar invites us to come in. We oblige.
- Pig-tails girl is our server at said snack bar. I notice another cute server giving me eye-glances through most of our hour and a half nomihoudai (all you can drink). Me: Hey Sempai, that girl is giving me the eye. I need to give her my phone number. Sempai: Do it, man. It’s your “birthday”.
- Phone number is given to the other server. I even look up the Japanese on my phone’s dictionary to say “Call Me” (Yobidashite… btw).
- Sempai: I wouldn’t put to much weight in that girl calling. Me: Yea, you’re probably right. Girl texts me a short message saying “Thank you for the contact information” and even calls me later! We end up texting back and forth (although in basic Japanese) through most of the evening.
- Since I didn’t have karate tonight, the new Japanese girl and I decided to get something to eat today. After dinner, one of her friends joins us, the pig-tails server from that same night.
- Pig-tails girl (who does have a name. I’m choosing to anon people here.) tells me about the Taiko festival at the end of the month and shows me a YouTube video of it.
- Then tells me that her and the other cute server girl I ate dinner with are going to head to practice for this festival soon after dinner. They invite me to come watch.
- I get to watch this awesome practice with kids and adults. I also get to put on my ALT face for the kids and be goofy. Also, while minor, I got to clap these two blocks of wood together and practice along with them to help keep the beat.
So this was a really fun night that really came together through a bunch of chance occurrences. I guess the big lesson to take out of this is that old cliche expression of “Opportunity never closes a door without opening a window” can actually apply as long as your willing to accept that a window is still an exit.