A great adventure: let’s take the bus

Twenty and don’t-know-how-much-more hours… arrived! Japan. Misson one: where is that “Limousine Bus” I’ve heard about? Yes, I have the money in my pocket. Japanese money. I have the instructions in my notebook: “at the Narita Airport, take the Limousine Bus to the Yokohama City Air Terminal, YCAT”.

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It seems nobody speaks English. At least, please, somebody tell me where is the book… Is it still on the table? No, nobody speaks English. Not in a way I can understand.

Finally I find the place. Buy my ticket to the bus. I have five minutes to get the bus. I use pretty much all of the seconds available before finding the RIGHT one…

There’s this guy on the seat beside me… Let’s practice my japanese sentences, I think. I open my notebook and start to read, slowly and clearly, always smiling:

Watashi wa nihongo o hanasu koto ga dekinai.

Wa… ta… shi… wa … ni… hongo… oooo … ha… nasu…. koto…. ga…. deki…. nai!!!

He stares at me. But, besides that, absolutely no reaction. Not one single muscle moves into some kind of expression. I repeat. Then I add… Bu.. ra…. dji…. ro…. din…. des! I’m Brazilian.

I repeat these two marterpieces of japanese language two times more.

Then the man, looking at me, points to himself and speaks, in English, very slowky:

– Me…  Vi.. e … t.. nam! No japanese! Sory!

Thanks god, and my friend Luis Quadrante, I got to my new apartment hours later… Enough for a first day!

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About Axel Pliopas

Between flying and engineering, I try to find some time to explore everything I can... Looking for interesting people and places, and trying to tell some of the interesting stories I find, is the objective of this blog. In the process, hopefully, my pictures will get better and better (they all say experience time has something to do with this...)
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4 Responses to A great adventure: let’s take the bus

  1. mano says:

    If you want to talk with the people, you must to say “sumimasen”.it is mean excuse me. By the way it is really difficult find someone who speak English ( or other forigein language ) in Japan. And they are using Japanese-English, if you arent native speaking English person, maybe it will difficult understand in the first times.But after you learnt that you will things the Japanese-English is funny,lovely,terrible in the same time.:)
    Have a good time in Japan !!!

    • Axel Pliopas says:

      Hello, thank you for your comments! Yes yes, after a while I started learning how to approach people, and the key thing is… first impression. If I say “sumimasen” first, no matter I can’t speak japanese after that, but I’ll have their attention, usually they are very nice, helpful and kind… 🙂 I’m in Rome now, Italy, but I have lots of stories about Japan, so I’ll keep sharing them here… I think that, for this, chronology doesn’t matter much… See you!

  2. mano says:

    oh, I see. I cannot to wait your sweet memories about Japan. 😉

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