The Japanese

May 15 2008

… are surrounded by an atmosphere – which bends and refracts the words which try to penetrate it.

Other people who point to themselves point to their chests. The Japanese point to their noses. And if you point to something, they look at your face.

Gusts of talk. Graham Greene: “A mutter from an aviary.”

When I hear intimately-spoken Japanese I think of water gurgling into a drain. It’s a pleasant language to hear uncomprehendingly.

Absence of the voluptuous.

One Response to “The Japanese”

  1. davidderrick Says:

    The Japanese, in notable contrast to the Chinese, never spit.


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