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Ever had the feeling that you just wanted the earth to open up and swallow you, to hide your shame and embarrassment from shocked or mocking eyes?

Old Cliffie was making one of his early visits to Japan. He'd been there a couple of times before, and so he gave all the right answers and made all the right bows and breezed through the arrival formalities and successfully found his connecting flight from Osaka to Sapporo, where sweet little Fumiko was waiting with her coy smile at the airport. Kiss, kiss à la française from old Cliffie, blushing giggles from little Fumiko, and off they went to meet her parents for the first time.

They arrived, and old Cliffie went into his usual bowing-and-smiling routine while Father beamed at the thought of having a drinking companion for the evening, Mother bobbed up and down in embarrassment at having a gaijin in her home and Fumiko's younger sister hid behind Mother while peering wide-eyed at the strange foreign apparition.

The beer and sake appeared, toasts were made and old Cliffie felt that things were working out very well indeed. Father stood up, old Cliffie politely did the same, Father leant against the wall, old Cliffie did the same - and went straight through the paper 'shoji' screen into the next room.

He didn't see much of little Fumiko after that.

  • Intro Updated Jan 30, 2003
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  • lindsaylovestravel's Profile Photo
    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:00 PM

    ive been reading past comments on my pagei just read your july 2007 message just now,,,thanks though too late,,,,ive been anywhere in jkapan except sapporo,,,,it has been my frustartion but maybe one day,,by the way,,you are a good looking man cliff!

  • appleseed81's Profile Photo
    Jun 24, 2007 at 7:49 AM

    Hahaha... Sure the Fumiko story was good... Some languages just seems to sound more passionate and contains more emotion... BTW, I'm a Singaporean... No kimchi gal here though I look like one... ;)

  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    Apr 28, 2007 at 9:23 AM

    No comment- you certainly fell for her witha bang.

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2006 at 7:26 AM

    Great pics of Sapporo. Your dramatic story of going through the paper wall deserve 5 stars rating :) Cheers, SL

  • balfor's Profile Photo
    Aug 4, 2006 at 9:05 AM

    While I'm sure that your leaning against the wall would have been a kodak moment for sure, I'm sorry to hear that the visits came to a stop....

  • imstress's Profile Photo
    Aug 4, 2006 at 8:53 AM

    went straight through the paper 'shoji' screen into the next room - the result of having too much beer ;p cheers!

  • Bilimari's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2005 at 9:13 PM

    Ahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!! I used to help my mother replacing those Shoji papers on all the doors inside the house, when I was a kid. Punching holes into them was the best part.

  • kielorla's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2005 at 9:16 PM

    Wow u went during winter, gosh how i wish to go back there again. Very nice intro and funny too.

  • RedEaredPanda's Profile Photo
    Nov 22, 2004 at 10:00 AM

    Great and Touching Intro page!! Thanks for the tips and the pictures on the city.. Snow festival sounds like a lot of fun!! Thank you.. Rafi

  • kenmerk's Profile Photo
    Jul 24, 2004 at 2:30 AM

    Touching intro, Cliffie.. Hope the Fumiko clan has long since gotten over the unfortunate incident. During my only visit to Sapporo, I drank one too many freebies at that brewery, and irretrievably lost me camera. So no Sapporo VT page for me...


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