Approving A Point

, | Friendly | August 14, 2014

(I’m an American living and teaching in Japan. I’m currently in line at a fast-food place in the local shopping center behind a middle-aged somewhat stern-looking woman. I’m listening to a YouTube playlist on my cell phone and suddenly the next song is very loud.)

Cell Phone: “Yappappaa! Yappappaa! Ishanten…”

(It’s the first season opening theme song to a very popular anime based on a classic comedy-action manga from the 80s.)

Middle-Aged Woman: *turns slowly to look at me, raises an eyebrow, gives me a nod, and turns back to face forward*

Me: *to myself* “Did I just get a nod of approval?”

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