at about 8pm tonight my doorbell rang... I went to answer it and this young guy all spiffied up in a suit was standing there with a shocked smile on his face while his jaw dropped.
he started spewing out japanese as fast as he could to me - almost hyperventilating.... all I could catch was "WOW! COOL!..... my first american!!!!! COOL!!!" He was so excited to meet a foriegner... he was shaking a bit and then reached into his shoulder bag and handed me what seemed to be plastic garbage bags with a picture of a little kid holding his crotch (maybe diaper bags?????) i had no clue. I just said DOMO ARIGATOU!!!!
He jibber jabbered some more in Japanese and then handed me 3 toilet paper rolls one after another.
I had no idea what the hell was going on. It almost felt like he was a teenage Jehovah Witness trying to win me over by giving me diaper bags and toilet paper. Hrmmmmm......
After he calmed down we actually were able to have a bit of a conversation. What I got from it was that he is 18 and just moved to Sapporo from the inaka (rural hokkaido)... I tried to speak a bit of English to him but he started freaking out and couldn't even say "IM FINE" hahha. so cute.
Then he handed me 2 boxes of laundry detergent powder (i think!)... I asked him how much he kept hiding in his little shoulder bag. I tried to deny his polite gifts but he kept insisting.
we chatted some more. and then i realized i think he worked for a newspaper.... i told him id like to buy a newspaper from him, but that i couldn't read enough kanji. he then insisted on teaching me some in my doorway. He stayed and talked at me for a good hour and a half!!!! so bizarre. but i hope he comes back. :)