By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

I was thinking back about twenty-five years to when I first met the German sales manager of the company my company was planning to do business with.

 

I’d traveled to Tokyo to meet him at the Hotel Okura where he was staying. I was surprised to find that he was a few inches taller than me (I’m about 6′ tall) and extremely handsome with blonde hair and a physique that movie stars would envy. He was dressed in a sports jacket offset with an ascot, which made him appear quite suave.

 

I noticed women on the street pausing in their tracks to take a good look at him and felt their stares as they looked at us. We wandered around and finally found an okonomiyaki restaurant in Roppongi (I know. Okonomiyaki in Tokyo…but he said he wanted to try something from Osaka where I’d come from earlier in the day…)

 

We went in and sat down at a grill table and I ordered okonomiyaki for the both of us. I could feel the eyes of the women in the place focused on our table and knew that they were staring at him (I mean, this guy really looked like a movie star!)

 

Three young women in their twenties had yakisoba on their grill and each probably thought the other was watching it as they concentrated on the sales manager. I watched them out of the corner of my eye and guessed at what would happen next. Sure enough, a few minutes later their yakisoba started to smoke! That brought them back to reality and they all tried to rescue the burnt yakisoba, but I think they waited too long…

 

外国人に見とれると

先ほど、25年前の出来事を思い出していた。取引を開始する予定のドイツの会社の国際販売部長兼副社長に会うため東京に出向かっていた。

 

早朝に大阪を出て夕方にホテルオクラに約束の時間に行った。初めて彼を見たときに彼の格好良さに驚いた。映画俳優が負けるほどハンサムだった! 彼は金髪で完璧な体格のうえ、私より数センチ背が高かった(私は約183cm)。白スポーツコートに派手なアスコット姿で男前!

 

道を歩くと女性が立ち止まって彼を見詰める彼女達の目線を感じた。しばらくしてから六本木でお好み焼き屋を見つけた(東京でお好み焼きは珍しいが、『大阪料理』が食べたいだと言われた)

 

店の中へ入って鉄板前の席に座った。2人にお好み焼きを注文した。店の女性客の目線を感じて、彼に集中していることも分かった(無理がない。彼は映画俳優以上にハンサムだった!)

 

近くの鉄板前に座っていた20代女性の3人組は焼きそばを焼いていた。それぞれはドイツの営業部長を見詰めている間に他の2人が焼きそばを見ていると思っていただろう。横眼で彼女達を観察すると次に何が起きると予測した。さすが、数分後、彼女達の焼きそばから黒い煙が上がり出でた!煙が出ると3人が慌てて焼きそばを広げようとしたが、無理だった…

By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

English books published by AELS

(AELS出版英語書籍リスト)

 

I. Majoh Gakuin and Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools Trilogy

1. Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools

2. Lost Witch (The second book)

3. Fate & Magic (The final book in the trilogy)

II. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire Trilogy

1. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire

2. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Returns

3. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Challenges (The final book in the trilogy)

III. Fantasy fiction set in Japan

1. 21st Century Ninja

2. Regressed

3. Japanese Woman

IV. Fantasy fiction set outside of Japan

1. Dimension Jumpers

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