In writing this blog I intended to convey my experiences abroad to those at home (and wherever else). I am thereby obligated to also tell a bit out a less than savory experience I just had.
Upon learning that I could get on the roof, I decided it would be a good place to take a few night pictures (like I did in the park). It was a decent place, although the views were mediocre. Then I heard some yelling down below. That didn’t suit my serene night time clouds at all.
I went to check it out and saw a couple arguing in front of an apartment building below. They went on yelling for a few minutes (I couldn’t understand a word) and then the guy started to walk away. I figured that was going to be the end of it but I was soon proven dreadfully wrong. After about ten steps the guy turned around, walked quickly back, and delivered a poor, yet I’m sure quite painful kick. This isn’t in a back alley. This is next to a 4 lane street with people walking on both sides and more guys working in a shop about 50 feet away.
She screamed at him again, and he screamed back and grabbed her largest bag. After a few more (I’m sure less than kindly) words, she headed off across the street and yelled (I think) “来ない,” which means “Don’t come.” Those words only seemed to agitate him further. He came. Upon crossing the street more yelling came and a few points where I thought he might try to hit her. Finally he walked back across the street (where her largest back was still laying). She followed. It was kinda like a horror film when you want to yell at the character “WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT!” I can’t imagine the bag was that valuable.
More yelling. More very angry looking Japanese guy. After finally getting her bag back (I’m not sure what convinced him to let go), she walked off. Ten seconds later the guy changes his mind again and follows her. At this point they have now moved from a busy street front to a less traveled back street. He catches up and blocks her way. A this point I decided I out to make myself known and turn my bright flash on and snap 3-4 pictures. That got their attention. But, after a minute or two more yelling, they walked off semi-together; an odd end. The girl looking rather defeated, the guy still irate, and me wondering how this is going to turn out for her. Well I stayed up there for about 30 minutes after they went out of site to make sure I didn’t hear anything. All was quite after that though.
(a pic I took with the flash on)
In the end, I have no explanation. Only a very third person story and a few serene pictures of the night sky to balance out the shock.
Here is one of those to make you feel a little better.