Every now and then a girl has a special boy come into her life and sweep her off her feet. I am not that girl…and Yuji is not that boy. But, over the last two years, Yuji certainly became an important part of my life at Omiya Junior High School.
Sure, there were other boys to declare their undying devotion to me…there was Takeshi, the sensitive soul who is the ‘in sickness and in health’ kinda guy. Then there was the pervert, Shunsuke, always wanting to know ‘what colour under hair?’ I have (yes, a real charmer). I did have a soft spot for the dreamer, Kohei, waiting patiently on the sidelines for an opportunity to win me over…and lastly there was Hayate, who always came to my rescue in times of need, wanting to be my knight in shining armour.
All these boys had their own unique brand of seduction technique, but none of them compared to Yuji. None could beat the dogged (and humorous) persistence he threw into the task of wooing me over the last two years. And so I dedicate this post to Yuji: The Boy, The Baseball Player, The No.1 Comedian…
9th November 2010
Apparently I have ‘small milky breasts’. How do I know this, you ask? Well today, one of my 2nd year students, Yuji Kikuchi, was kind enough to tell me. Yuji is on the baseball team and very cheeky. I found it hard to be mad at him when he grinned at me so innocently, he was using English, and let’s face it…his observation iscorrect.He seemed to derive great enjoyment from my shocked reaction, so I doubt this is the last I’ll be hearing from Yuji…The now very self conscious,
28th June 2011
Apart from repeatedly telling me I have ‘small milky breasts’ over the last several months, Yuji has been rather quiet…until today. Clearly he realised (finally) that he needed new material to get my attention. This was actually kind of sweet…
Yuji’s new muse,
Yuji was completely upstaged by the sweet words of Hayate today…
Yuji: ‘Ms.Carla, small milky breasts’
Me: ‘Yes Yuji, so you keep telling me’
Hayate: ‘Small breast, but beautiful face’
Bless Hayate, he made my day. But I dread to think how Yuji might retaliate to this blatant act of war.
Yours in fear,
14th September 2011
Well, Yuji staged his comeback against Hayate in class today. Clearly he has realised his ‘treat ’em mean, keep ’em keen’ tactics are not working on me, so now he is trying his hand at the sweet approach. His statement today:
‘I have been in love with Ms.Carla forever’ The cheeky grin was an added bonus thrown in for free…
The object of unrequited love,
5th October 2011
Today Yuji decided to go public with his love for me, and dragged me into the declaration too. His neighbour was away so I got to fill in for dialogue creation…Yuji’s grin as I walked toward his desk told me I was in for a treat. This was our dialogue…above the pink line is what we came up with together…under is what he added when I wasn’t looking…
Then Yuji volunteered us to perform our dialogue in front of the class! The more the students (and O Sensei) laughed, the wider Yuji’s grin became…and the redder my face became. Yuji was very pleased that he managed to squeeze the words ‘I love you’ out of me, especially in front of such an appreciative audience.
Yours in mortifying embarrassment,
21st November 2011
Today Yuji ramped up his efforts to win me over with his creative writing in class…
Yours with a slightly swollen ego,
30th November 2011
It came to my attention today that Yuji’s hair has become quite tall of late. Since club activity came to an end for the 3rd year students four months ago, Yuji has abandoned his baseball team buzz cut in favour of this new gravity defying monstrosity. I questioned him about his new style today:
Me: Yuji, you have a new haircut?
Yuji: Yes, you like?
Me: Umm, it’s interesting. It’s very…tall…
Yuji (excitedly): Yes, yes! Chicken hair!
Me: Chicken hair?
Yuji: Yes, look chicken.
Me: You look like a chicken? Why do you want to look like a chicken?!
Yuji: Chicken hair cool!!!
I will never understand the fashion trends of teenagers in Japan. Clearly Yuji is preparing himself to be one of the cool kids in high school. Quite why you need ‘chicken hair’ to achieve this, I’m not entirely sure.
Yours in Japanese fashion confusion,
14th December 2011
Yuji got hold of a speaking electronic dictionary in class today…and he found the ‘dating’ vocab section. Intermittently throughout class I had a polite American woman say to me:
‘You’re the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen.’
‘I’m crazy for you.’
‘You’re the one for me.’
‘I love you.’
‘Can we talk?’
‘Will you marry me?’
How does this kid not have a girlfriend?! Oh that’s right, because apparently I am his girlfriend…lucky me.
The still giggling,
16th December 2011
Today I had lunch with Yuji (and the polite American woman):
‘Can we talk? I have something to tell you…’
‘It was love at first sight.’
‘I can’t live without you.’
‘Stop playing hard to get!’
The apparently ‘playing hard to get’,
11th January 2011
Yuji’s hair has reached staggering new heights (literally):
Me: Yuji, you still have chicken hair?
Yuji: No, no, no, no. No chicken hair!
Me: It looks like chicken hair. What is it now?
Yuji: (motioning a wave washing over his head)
Me: Wave hair?!
Yuji: Yes, yes, YES!!!
Me: Ok. Why wave hair?
Yuji: Because it’s coooooooool!
Whatever you say Yuji, whatever you say…
Despairing over Yuji’s wave hair,
18th January 2012
3rd year graduation looms near. In two months my time with Yuji will end. He has become aware of the fact:
Do you think this counts as my first official marriage proposal?! Mum will be so pleased, I’m sure.
The blushing bride to be (ha),
19th January 2012
This was the extent of my interaction with Yuji today:
Me: Good morning Yuji.
Yuji: I love you.
Me: I know.
Me: Hello Yuji.
Yuji: I love you.
Me: I know.
Warm up activity in class…
Me: What kind of girls are you interested in?
Yuji: Only Ms.Carla. Just Ms.Carla.
Yuji: I love you.
Me: I know.
Yuji: Do you love me?
Yuji: Yes you can!!!
Me: Bye Yuji.
Yuji: I love you.
Me: I know.
It now feels like we have this skit well rehearsed…
Yuji’s personal heart-breaker,
2nd February 2012
Yuji caught me with a surprise declaration-of-love-attack today:
Yuji: Standing outside the 3-4 classroom while I eat lunch. Knocks on the door for my attention.
Me: Look up to see Yuji grinning at me.
Yuji: Yells through the door (so the entire 3-4 class can hear), I LOVE YOU!!!
Me: I know Yuji!
Yuji: Blows kisses and runs away.
Today Yuji put in his order for Valentine’s Day…
Yuji: Hi Ms.Carla!
Me: Hi Yuji!
Yuji (thinking and gesturing madly): You…me…Ms.Carla make chocolate…me…
Me: You want me to make you chocolates? For Valentine’s Day?
Yuji (grinning): Yes!!! Ok?
Me: No, sorry Yuji.
Yuji: Yes. Ok?
Yuji: Yes. Ok!!!
Killer of Yuji’s hopes and dreams,
8th February 2012
Today’s conversation with Yuji on the soccer field at lunch:
Me: Yuji, I hear you broke Tomoya’s arm playing soccer?
Me (knowing it was an accident): Why?!
Yuji (grinning): Because I’m No.1 Best Soccer Player!!! Please give chocolate.
The future No.1. Best Soccer Player’s wife,
9th February 2012
Yuji continues to be persistent about this Valentine’s business…
Yuji: Give me chocolate.
Me: No Yuji…your girlfriend will give you chocolate for Valentines Day.
Yuji: No, no! Ms.Carla my girlfriend!
The Valentine’s Grinch,
15th February 2012
Well, what do you know…Yuji got a Valentine’s surprise yesterday…
Me: Did you get chocolates yesterday?
Yuji: No, no, no, no, no! BUT I got card!
Me: Really? Who from?
Me: Nooooo, I don’t think so…
Yuji: Yes! I’m happy! I cry! (grinning)
Giver of false hope,
20th February 2012
The insatiable Yuji was at it again today:
Yuji: I love you!
Me: I know. But you are trouble.
Yuji: Trouble どう言ういみ？(What does ‘trouble’ mean?)
Me: (chuckling) めんどくさい (Mendokusai/troublesome)
Yuji: (grinning) I’m trouble! Do you love trouble?!
Attractor of trouble,
22nd February 2012
Today I did ‘Crazy Sentences’ with the 3rd year students. This is the gem Yuji and his group came up with…Yuji wrote the first sentence and then his loving classmates (knowing about his infatuation with me), kindly carried on the story for him…
A truly inspired piece of English literature…the legend of Yuji’s love for me will be remembered by these kids forever.
The one who apparently doesn’t like Yuji,
29th February 2012
Today was my last lesson with Yuji before he graduates. To mark the occasion, he wrote and said a speech for me:
After Yuji gave his speech he said he was sad…while grinning. I cried. Only eight more school days until he leaves my life…what will I do?!
Dreading the inevitable,
2nd March 2012
Today was my last lunch with 3-5 before graduation and fate ensured I had a seat opposite Yuji and his best mates Shu and Kenji for the occasion. We were all then treated to Yuji monologing for the duration of lunch…
I might actually miss Yuji’s ‘perfect face’ when he isn’t around any more.
Second to Yuji’s other girlfriend, Eddy Murphy,
12th March 2012
Today Yuji graduated from Omiya Junior High School. I cried. Yuji did not. In fact, since he shaved off his eye brows last week and his obsession with his ‘wave hair’ reaches epic proportions, he seems to have lost all interest in winning me over. He is all grown up and moving on. After today I won’t have Yuji’s daily professions of love to amuse me in the hallways at school, but something tells me this isn’t the last time I’ll be seeing Yuji…
The now very sad and Yuji-less,