When I first arrived in Japan I lived in a city of eight million people, roughly two thousand of whom were foreigners. Young kids would run up to me and tag me, running off laughing that they'd touched a foreigner. It used to make me smile. How else are you going to take it.
Christmas day though is something that makes you think of family. It's not a day to be on your own. In those days we had orphan parties, someone would organise the event and invite us all around. My first orphan party was in Sakai in 1992. It snowed. And I'd like to thank them all for including me. Happy Christmas to all around, and I think of you to the two who sadly are not. But I still wish you Happy Christmas.
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