Saturday, September 12, 2009

"Gaijin ga Kusai"

"Gaijin ga Kusai"

I often go for a walk. I don`t smell (to my knowledge) I am clean enough--showered that day. I don`t wear cologne. And as my Japanese
listening ability has gotten better, I swear I hear the word "kusai,"
often right at the moment when I am passing (usually two) young guys either in their teens or early twenties. The word is usually said
in a kind of muffled manner and it is said suddenly, right when I am
abreast of them (right when I am passing them).

The young guys are usually very small. I don`t usually hear it from
young big guys. It is usually young tiny guys that say it.

This phenomenon doesn`t seem to occur when I pass men in their thirties or older, tall men, and I have never heard a Japanese woman utter it when I pass them. I have never heard children utter it
when I pass either.

But it does happen once or twice a year when I pass young Japanese men
often in a pair or more--never alone, and they are usually under
5` 7."

Do young tiny, Japanese men have especially sensitive noses? Or could I be all wrong? Does the particular gaijin aroma waft downwards to the noses of petite Japanese men?

Does anyone else experience this interesting phenomenon?

My Japanese wife doesn`t mind my odor unless I have eaten Mexican
that day, then the whole house minds.....

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Bowling with Little Kids

Took the kids bowling
today and yesterday. My son Sennah got a strike with his first ever
bowling shot!!!! He also beat all of us his first game ever and
I`m actually not a bad bowler for someone who doesn`t play
so often. It was ten pin, large ball bowling so tough for the kids
to play, but Sennah scored 106 to my 103! Even Shanaya finished
with 98! She got a strike on her last ball then followed with a
bonus spare!

I kicked butt in the second game though! I got 100. I think
Sennah and Shanaya`s arms had tired out by then. The trick
to beating up on little kids in bowling is to put your money on the
second and third games. The first game is too tough as they are
still fresh.

I think I made over 10,000 yen by betting on the second and third