Since starting to go to jidoukan in the mornings instead of the usual afternoons, I’ve started to meet a whole different group of mothers. Of course, this means I have to re-introduce myself over and over again, and when people realise that I don’t speak Japanese very well, there are the inevitable questions like:
"Wow, your Japanese is so great! How did you learn?" (Even though my Japanese is clearly terrible)
"What country did you come from?"
"Do you live near here?"
But today I got a different question:
What she was asking is if my kiddo was mixed ethnicity. I think her curly brownish hair confuses people. It’s even more confusing for people when I tell them that I’m American and so is my husband. I think most people want to try to nail down exactly what ethnicity we each are, but mostly I don’t want to have to explain everything and then get even more confused looks from them.
I barely want to explain things in English, let alone trying to do it in Japanese.