Aug 24, 2018

The tale of the newspaper salesman

We had a guy come to our door yesterday trying to sell newspaper subscriptions. Fairly normal and benign, right? 

The tale of the newspaper salesman photo

He opens the door, takes one look at my husband, and says in Japanese..."oh...you're foreigners...so I guess you can't read the newspaper anyway".

Excuse me?!

Now look, he may have been accurate if he was talking to me, but my husband answered the door, spoke to him in Japanese, and for the record can read the language just fine.

Have you ever had experiences in Japan where generalizations have ticked you off?



After spending the last several years in the beating heart of Tokyo, I will be spending the next three in the countryside of Japan. I adore this country and all it has to offer - and I'm always learning more and more about life here as I go along!


  • edthethe

    on Aug 24

    So many times. There was a funny video about this where a group of non Asians were trying to order and the only Asian looking one couldn't speak Japanese, the rest were fluent. The server still only talked to the Asian looking one. It was a funny skit.

  • Lyssays

    on Aug 30

    Many times! Admittedly, I never want their Japanese newspapers anyway, so the quick "AH NIHONGO GA YOMENAI NE" actually suits me well, but I get so tired of the assumptions.