10.14.2002 (Monday), 10:08 PM

Stupid Fucking Tourists...

I want mama's bobo...

(Day #3 from my October 12-20th trip to Tokyo with my friend Les ...)

Today is Sports Day: a national holiday in Japan. Damn, I wish we had holidays like this...

I swear, the Ugly American™ , rears it's ugly head at least once on any trip I have had to Japan. Actually today it was the Ugly German but it's all the same to me: loutish with no shred of decency or decorum, loud, rude, obnoxious--all of that.

We were in Kamakura to see the various temples and shrines and the Daibutsu (the famous giant bronze Buddha). Instead of taking in the beauty and serenity of these places, these fools rampage like bulls on a poison grain-induced bender generally acting like they are the sole reason for the world's existence. Just having the same skin color as these idiots makes me feel like doing a chameleon act into the surrounding landscape.

Actually, seeing other European/American folk on holiday in Japan is kind of strange. I steer clear of them whenever possible. The tell-tale glimmer of recognition, the puppy-eyes and the subsequent desire to have a protracted conversation to compare notes is repellent to me:

  Are you American?
  Where have you been today?
  Where did you get that coat?
  Can you help me find ?

It's not that I don't want to have a conversation or be helpful, I just don't want it to turn into a perverse family reunion simply based on my nationality. Let's have a few words and a bit of greeting and then let's be on our way...

Posted by wjc