Friday, April 24, 2009

School Girls Meet the Gaijin

Today I had what I should call an amazing chance-incident with some Japanese school girls.

I've just arrived in Kyoto. On the way here we stopped at Odawara and then took 4 different transit modes through the Hakone area to check out Mt. Fuji (which for the 3rd year in a row I did not see due to it being an overcast day). It wasn't a complete loss though!

It started when we had to run to catch our train going down the mountain. We just ran into the nearest car not having many people in it. When we got inside it the doors shut promptly and we turned around to find out it wasn't very empty but packed full with small school girls. And only school girls. Elementary to Middle I'd guess. Some of them started to laugh at us and we initially thought maybe we got onto a school girl-designated car until the next stop when other people started to get on as well. Trip down the mountain was reasonably uneventful apart from laughing at the fact that we were a bunch of white guys on a train packed with little girls. They were all loud and cheerful; some of them stared at me. I heard the word "gaijin-da" from a group of I'd say 13-year-olds and then turned in their direction and chuckled and they turned away embarassed.

When we got to the bottom of the mountain this is where the story gets amazing. We transferred trains and the same group of about 5 girls got on the same car with us again. We got a few train stops down the track when I started to hear them singing. They were singing World is Mine by Hatsune Miku, just a verse. I was like, "Holy crap are they really singing that?" and then they started to sing Meltdown by Kagamine Rin. Billy was like, "Sing with them!", so I did! I started to hum along to their song (I was a few meters away) and one of them stopped and turned to me and then they ALL stopped and turned to me. I said, "Kagamine Rin" and they started getting excited. One of them said something to me in Japanese and I just pointed to myself and said, "Kaito Cosplay" and they started getting even more excited. It was like, "What's this? A gaijin knows VOCALOID?".

So as if they weren't hysterical enough they went completely off the walls and screaming when I showed them a picture of myself in cosplay that Billy happened to have on his phone. Without that I don't know what I would have done. They were literally screaming and grabbing the phone from me. Then others came from the train to see what the commotion was about. I had to sign English text-books for them and notebooks. They insisted I shake their hands and I said "sayonara" to them and they got all excited again. I gave out my website URL so I hope they find this post alright.

What are the chances I'd find a group of VOCALOID/Cosplay fangirls in the countryside of Japan...

Here's a picture of the girls from today and a cosplay picture for them if they happen to stumble upon my page:

コスプレイが大好きですよ。




Yesterday I didn't get to mention I took a trip to Washinomiya Shrine. The town is inspiration and location reference for Lucky Star. I'll be blogging about that experience with photos very soon.

Tomorrow is our Kyoto tour day. Hope to check out a few things here before we make our Nara trip in the afternoon. Be blogging tomorrow night perhaps, or when I get back to Tokyo on the 26th (25th for North America).

6 comments:

Flo said...

I take awesome pictures don't I!? :D

But picture with Kaiko!? I can hear the sound of the Japanese girls' heart breaking already.

Kazearashi said...

Cool! It must be pretty exciting for them to know that Vocaloid is also known out there =D

And nice picture there! みんな楽しそうですね~ ^^

Rin said...

Pretty nice!!!!
What are the chances that you run into a train car and find Japanese school girls...wow!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

There must be something about Hakone and schoolgirls because I had about 5 of them sitting right next to me on the train trip back from Hakone to Tokyo. So kawaii!!!!

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Oru said...

Aha, the hell?
Personally, I'd never do a thing like that - start humming the song - as it could have ended in a very awkward moment... But it ended up well and actually a great story to tell, although I bet that you being a guy was a major factor on the success of the "mission" :P