So this story is almost like one of those anime clichés. It all started when the manager of my share house invited the neighbouring high school English club to come and interview some of the residents in English.
My share house had a lot of university exchange students form all over the world. It was famous in the town. But sometimes having lots of strange foreigners living in one big house can be scary to the local xenophobic Japanese people.
Thus the high school English club came to interview us. The only problem was they were all girls. If anyone has ever met a Japanese high school girl, then they know that they’re generally very curious when it comes to foreigners. They were all very giggly and cute, asking for photos with us.
But one of the share house’s Japanese residents provoked a girl to add me on Facebook. He probably thought he was doing me a favour. I was going to decline, but I thought that’d be fairly rude. Besides, it wasn’t like she was going to message me….
WRONG! She did daily. Harmless stuff like what did I do each day, how can I learn English, etc. But a few weeks pasted and she came back from a school trip to Hokkaido. The message she sent me was asking if I’d accept a gift from her.
“Sure, why not?” I thought. A souvenir is harmless, right?
WRONG! She was suspiciously over delighted that I agreed to accept and therefore meet her in person to get it. It was just a little key ring and some chocolates, but my friends at the house said she was trying to own me when I attached the key ring to my phone.
A few more weeks pasted and I went on my week off to Hakone. Gift giving is a strong Japanese custom, and me being a good guy, I decided to buy her a key ring to return the favour. It wasn’t much, so I put something from Australia to go with it. This can’t do much harm right?
WRONG! If she was delighted for me to accept her gift, then this girl was in ecstasy upon receiving one. She even posted about it on all her SNS. Oh no, I could see this wasn’t going to end well.
The messaging continued, but only maybe once a week now. One time she asked me about what kind of chocolate I liked. Actually, I don’t really eat any and try to avoid all sugars, but I just said like normal chocolate or caramel is good. I asked her about her favourite chocolate and she replied with gummy bears. I though nothing of it. Nothing bad can come from talking about chocolate, right?
WRONG! My birthday came like a week later and the high school girl asked once again whether I’d accept a gift from her. Well, now I’d done it. Birthday gifts are pretty personal, and by now I’d gathered that she was going to give me chocolate, which has great significance in Japan for lovers. I can’t refuse, so I agreed to meet her.
It wasn’t actually on my birthday; that’d be too weird. But we ended up meeting afterwards and she gave me a present and told me to open it later. I did. And… surprise! It was hand made chocolate and a small gift. I said before that I usually avoid sugar, but my god this chocolate was some of the best I’ve ever had! I could really taste the care that went into it. That, and some of them were shaped like hearts. Oh god!
I later got a message of 「もう大好き」which simply translates to “I really like you.” For anyone who likes reading manga or watching anime, this is a really typical and clichéd thing. Most nerds and otaku people would kill for this opportunity. Given our age differences, I wasn’t too thrilled about it. Luckily I didn’t have to reply or act or do anything. In Japan, people back away when you don’t respond. They get the picture soon enough, so this quickly died away.
…And that was the story of how I was confessed to by a typical Japanese high school girl. I even got the traditional homemade chocolates! Pretty neat! What are your thoughts? Should I have acted differently? Leave a comment below!