i don't speak any japanese, which made doing anything over there pretty tricky
without the help of a translator.
sure i could order myself a chicken katsu curry, but all i did there was to
press a button on a machine that showed a photo of the dish, hand the ticket
to the bloke behind the counter and then point to the sign that said "hot curry"
there were a lot of people on the streets that i would have liked to photograph
but for one thing i couldn't talk to them and also sadly enough it pretty much
poured down every second i was in tokyo.
i did however stop these two girls in ikebukero one day when i was on my
way to the metro station.
i did this by using the universal language... david bailey english.
for some reason i went a little bit cockney as if i thought japanese girls would have
no problem understanding me if i spoke like that.
the scene played out something like this...
me: "hello girls, do you mind if a take some photos ?"
they spoke to each other in japanese...
i presumed they were saying "fantastic, this handsome photographer has stopped
us in the rain and is now talking in a language we can't understand.
it's not as if we're in a hurry and getting soaked so yes, let's pose up
a bit and make peace signs"
"ok sweetheart... look this way"
grrr ! how could she not understand me ?
"this way angel... down the lens"
to be honest, although she was somehow not understanding me
i liked the shots. i liked that her umbrella was blurring the background.
i tried one more time
"come on darlin', let's see your mince pies"
in my defence i might have said arigato at this point.
anyway, thanks very much to the two girls whoever they were.
they made my walk to the station a little brighter and also gave me
another tokyo post for my blog.