To be fair to Tama, meeting someone who is a half-breed is equivalent to meeting someone who is a Unicorn. It’s not exactly commonplace. Or…believed to be possible.
He’s still a bit of an oblivious idiot, mind you, but he’s also a product of his world.
In a way, it’s a lot like culture-shock. One of the reasons I think everyone should travel if they can is to experience different ways of life. Sometimes it’s the little habits that might surprise you. Or a way of looking at the world that is very different.
When I was in High School, I had the incredible fortune to earn a spot on a Japan Study Tour. We were there 3 weeks, some of which was spent in a home-stay. Myself and one other student stayed with the Sakurai family in Yokohama, who were very generous and kind. That was my favorite part of the entire trip, in fact!! Ryoko was about my age and her English was excellent (which was good, because the best I could manage in Japanese was about four ways of saying “Thank you”). We went on the “Path of 1000 Steps,” said to be part of the path traveled bu Matsuo Basho — one of the greatest Japanese haiku poets. We came to a Shinto shrine, a small one, inside of which was a rock on a pillow. I remember asking her about kami, which is a little like a god and a little like a spirit, but not accurately summed up by either word. She pointed to the rock and said that it represented the kami. “Okay, but where IS the kami?” I asked. She shook her head, and pointed to it again. “What?” I said incredulously, “You mean — that IS it?” The idea completely threw me!! It was just a rock — wasn’t it??
Have you ever been surprised by something you learned about a new culture? What did you learn?
In all the excitement last update, I forgot to share the latest process video I’d made! This one’s on how I ink, and the preparation for color-blocking.