You may remember my encounter with a bit of violence involving some drunk and/or right-wing nationalist last August. That was on the anniversary of the end of the Pacific War in World War II. Well, yesterday, I had another enjoyable experience (said in a sarcastic tone). I was on my way to work yesterday morning, and waiting for the train at Shonandai station, as I always do. I found a really nice spot under an air conditioner vent, as it was a hot morning. About a minute later, an old man, around 80 years old, came around the corner. He looked like a typical old man except for one thing, the scroll hanging around his neck. It had a message painted in black on it, all in Japanese, of course. For a moment, I thought he was blind, because he had black sunglasses and was walking a bit strangely. However, he came straight toward me, and I thought I’d get out of his way, because his eyesight may be bad. Well, after I moved, he followed me a bit, then settled into the spot I was waiting at. So, I thought, just a crazy old man.
It wasn’t until later that I remembered that it was the anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bomb. It immediately struck me that he was most likely a right-wing nationalist. That’s 2 years in a row that I’ve been targeted by one of those nuts. Nothing really happened this time, and it was more strange than infuriating, but I seem to be attracting these kinds of people. It never happened before last year.
I know some people might suggest that I push back at him, but I’d rather avoid any kind of scuffle. I was on my way to work, and I can’t afford to have any problems when I’m going to work. But I have a message for people like this: mind your own business and get over it already!