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After celebrating Halloween in Japan as a Blue Man in Tokyo, here I became a Blue Maid in Roppongi –Tokyo, on this Saturday, October 29, 2011. A funny night at work for Tokyo Notice Board.
This article is part of series of three articles dedicated to my Halloween in Japan in 2011, you can discover the other ones here:
After my party last night, at Mickey House Takadanobaba, as a Blue Man in Tokyo, here I am now as a blue Maid in Roppongi. I had to work for Tokyo Notice Board, a free English Newspaper.
Working in Halloween costume for Tokyo Notice Board:
Surfing on the Net looking for some opportunities, I found a job offer that was a bit special on the wite of Tokyo Notice Board. The ad said “seek for persons to distribute flyers on Friday 28 and Saturday 29, 2011 in the context of Halloween, in Roppongi, while wearing a costume”. It seemed so interesting that I immediately applied, attaching a photo of me in my Halloween in Portland–Oregon–United States in October 2010. After that I was contacted for an interview.
I went to Roppongi, and while I searched for the Tokyo Notice Board Office, I heard someone calling me “Aala” behind me. I turned and I was surprise to see that it was Riki (I didn’t know him yet) from Tokyo Notice Board. He had recognized me by my soccer jersey of Japan flocked with my name.
We discussed a few minutes, he introduced me the job (distributing flyers at Roppongi Crossing in Halloween Costume) and I told him that I would wear my own costume. So I was hired.
Halloween in Roppongi – Tokyo: A successful Blue Maid
On Saturday, October 29, 2011, I dressed as a Blue Maid at my home in Kuramae. Then I travelled by public transports to Roppongi. I should explain that Kuramae is located in the North-east of Tokyoand Roppongi is located in the South-West of Tokyo.
In the streets of Kuramae there was nobody. But when I got on the train (oedo Line), to my surprise, someone (a man of about fifty years old) start to run out of the train and screamed when he saw me. Um, did I scared him???
And then, as before, the girls began to look at me, they smiled and asked for photos. The boys were still conspicuously absent. Perhaps I frighten them. But note that in any case most people look at me so weird (okay they are not used to this kind of situation). It makes me feel exactly what we experience every day as a Gaijin in Japan. For once, thoughts and feelings of the Japanese were exposed to light. Some were curious, other frightened, and others terrorized.
Once in Roppongi, I joined the team of Tokyo Notice Board. Let me tell you that they were quite surprised by costume. It was funny to see their reaction. We took the flyers and we went to Roppongi Crossing.
For 4 hours, from 19:00 to 23:00 we distributed our flyers. I had a success which I did nit really expected. I had the right to a few “Kawaii” (cute) and many “Kowaii” (scary). Many people asked me to be on photo with them. And again, most of them were girls. Could it be a new way of seduction for girls?
Some of the girls who approached me were drunk. Some touched me at my buttocks without mercy; others asked me what I was going to do after, and so much more …
And then at 23:00; the evening of work was over. It was time to go back home.
A Blue Maid in the streets of Tokyo at 02:00 am:
After talking with other team members at Tokyo Notice Board, I went to the Roppongi subway station. Unfortunately, I was able to board the last train, the one that stopped at 5 stations from my home.
This required me to walk back to my house. But to do so I needed to know the way. I didn’t know it. I therefore had to stop at a police station to ask for directions. Ah yes, but I still wore my costume at that time. Well okay, I’m still going to ask. I arrived at the police station (Koban) and asked politely to the police officer “Kuramae wa doko desu ka?” Without blinking, he replied pointing me the directions. Hmm, interesting, he did not even respond to my costume.
I kept walking but I had a doubt on my way. I saw a Japanese man before a restaurant. I stopped and asked my way. He looked surprised, entered the restaurant and came back accompanied by four women. All started to scream “Blue Man, Blue Man”
One woman cam to me and did put a piece of gum in my mouth without even asking me. Then all talked to me nicely and they told me my way. I could finally go back home.
It was time to take a shower (it will take more than an hour to remove all the paint on my face) and to go to bed. Another Halloween party is waiting for me on Monday, October 31, in Shinjuku.