Actually, I’m also thinking that I was crazy at that time, when I look back at me, who just arrived in Tokyo 1month ago. Now, I don’t know why I appealed it with so much enthusiasm to all the friends I met in Tokyo even though, everybody looked at me as being crazy. I just thought that I have to change this world, to make it better but It was just a plausible excuse of a socially unfit person who doesn’t have money, family, house and job. However, why I thought about it that time? Where did my thought come from? When did I start being crazy? Are people who understood me from all over the world also crazy? If I will look back at me after 10 years have passed, I would possibly think that I was correct at that time. Anyway, I thought that I can take down the borders between countries, very seriously. lol
I started one more thing besides trying to put away my smartphone. It was skateboarding (with a Penny) on the street. I run around with a skateboard through the entire Shimokitazawa and I dashed through people for getting customers for my bar. I’m not sure if it’s the effect of the Tokyo Olimpic, but the Shimokitazawa streets were overflowing with a lot of tourists. My target of customers who I wanted to get for my bar was exactly them. I run through the crowd, brake suddenly right at the side of a foreigner, gave them our shop card and said “Would you like a party tonight?” and I just restarted running to the next tourists.
The reason why I targeted only tourists was that I thought it is the quickest way to get customers. People who are from all over the world and walking the streets of Shimokitazawa are looking around for an interesting place, it doesn’t matter that it is a weekday or weekend for them but the other shop’s staff doesn’t try to catch them on the street. Of course, I tried to get Japanese customers too, but it is so hard to give them our shop card and everybody looks at me in a cold way. Furthermore, nobody looks forward and they looked down their own phone as I mentioned the last post. The most dangerous thing is not skateboarding, bicycle or car but it is to walk while looking down, I thought.
I run and avoid them as I did it with a snowboard between the trees on the Whistler mountain. It was so sad that everybody looked down and looked in their own world. I clapped my hands and I said “Look forward” to them. However, nobody noticed me and it was really strange and I was really crazy and a dangerous person.
Anyway, I got 6-12 new customers every single day while I did it and 90% of them were people from all over the world. Of course, I wanted to keep studying English but I also wanted to make an environment and I wanted regular customers to talk English. I had a lot of reasons why I wanted them, because of my thought that I felt abroad, thought that I studied English and thought that I had broadened my horizons. However, It’s none of their business and I felt completely alone after people who I got on the street went back home.
Now, I can understand what I did wrong and I really want to apologize to them about that. I didn’t look forward exactly because they are in Tokyo and they have common sense and their own life. I fought with our manager and a lot of regular customers again and again. Then, my manager said, “You should go back to your hometown, and you should cool off.” I took a bus to my hometown because of my brother’s wedding. However, The thought that I would not come back ever was whirling on the bus.
To be continued..