Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Best Train in Seika

One of my favorite things about Japan is the whole train system. We don’t really have a good train system back in America, so I really like the ease and cheapness of the Japanese train systems. Of course, trains themselves are also pretty cool, so when I heard that I would get to go visit a man who had his own steam train, I was pretty excited.


Apparently the owner had for many years been inviting local daycares to come and let the kids ride, and I was going to help out in crowd control/entertaining the kids. Although I had heard of this model train, it was really cool to see it for myself. At a little over three feet long and powered by steam, it’s an adorable little thing, but had a surprising amount of kick to it. We set the kids up to ride, and they started squealing with delight. The whole thing clearly made their day, although they were most enamored with the tunnel we had set up for them.


I also got a chance to actually talk with some of the kids, which was really fun. They were all fairly young, and my favorite question of the day when one girl asked if I was Korean. I’m about as Caucasian as it gets, but this wasn’t the first time this kind of thing had happened (kids have asked me before why I have a foreign sounding name, implying that they think I’m Japanese.) It occurred to me that maybe some of these kids had never met a foreigner before, and so didn’t have any idea what one would look like. I don’t know if that’s the case, but it certainly is interesting to see how really young Japanese kids react when meeting a non-Japanese person for the first time. But before I could respond, saying that no, I was American, and giving some long winded lecture on national identity, another girl blurted in, “You have an eigo (English language) face!” So there you go. After that, they told me they were learning English words for fruit, so we had a great time playing the “What’s that fruit?” game.


The day ended before I would of liked it, but it was really great to see all those kids so happy.

Plus I got to do this.

So a great day all-in-all.

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