I’ve lived in Japan on / off for quite a while, and I’ve always felt safe on my bike right here, specially when I frequently see young and old ladies alike biking after all hours of this evening. But after a conference a couple weeks ago, personally i think as though this sense that is false of happens to be stripped away.
Cycling house at 8:30 p.m. on a well-lit road in Tokyo, we sensed another biker by my side, and so I slowed down to let him pass.
When this occurs he instantly cut over, trapped me against a parked car and grabbed my tire.He started yelling we could demonstrably realize was “You took this bike! at me personally in Japanese, but the thing” we insisted that I had maybe perhaps maybe not and attempted to take away, nevertheless the guy ended up being strong and continued yanking to my bicycle. I got myself it from a store brand-new, it wasn’t stolen so I knew. We additionally didn’t think he wanted that it was my bicycle.
We yelled, in both English and Japanese, “assist! Phone law enforcement!” People observed the fracas but did absolutely nothing to assist. He pulled me personally across a road saturated in traffic, shortly cars that are blocking but everyone just did actually ignore it.
It felt like hours of fighting, however a new girl on a bicycle showed up. Right now i need to have experienced rips streaming down my face and my vocals had been nearly gone. She believed to me personally calmly: “ this man is known by me. You stole this bike. I’m calling law enforcement.”
Had been this guy and also this woman working together? Or had been it simply therefore believable that the foreigner may have taken the bike that she instinctively thought him? And they want if they were a team, what did? A mama chari well well worth $100? i did son’t think she ended up being really calling the authorities, but I’d no concept just how to describe my location that is exact to them myself, and I also didn’t wish to wait to see just what would take place next. Continue reading “A Tokyoite reassesses her view of Japan: no country that is safe international females”