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Can I take a picture with you?

One of the school projects during the sumer for many young Japanese is to find a foreigner and go through a short dialogue to practice English. In her best grade-school English, this girl asked very politely if she could "take a picture" with me, and followed with the requisite "Where are you from?" and "Oh, I like America!" While I was in Japan, I had my picture taken in such a manner about four or five times.

Japan 1998

Country Life
Small-Town Ogoe
Abukumado Cave
Takine Observatory
Misty River
Torii at Nikko
On the Inside
Kegon No Taki
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Train Station Advertising
Yebisu Garden Place
Can I take a picture with you?
The Masses at Sensoji
Weird Architecture
Advertising Part II
Night in Shinjuku
Imperial Gardens I
Imperial Gardens II
Imperial Gardens III
Imperial Gardens IV
Landmark Tower
Yokohama Architecture
Under Construction
Dusk in Yokohama
Himeji Castle Grounds
Castle Corridor
Repel the Invaders
The High Castle
Bomb Dome
Peace Bell
Bomb Dome, Over the River
Kintai Bridge
Iwakuni Castle
Itsukushima Shrine
Otorii Gate
Mount Azuma
Mount Bandai
Giant Goldfish
Aizu Folklore

Life expectancy is approximately 80.7 years in Japan. For men, it is 77.5 years; for women, it is 84.1. The equivalent life expectancy in the United States is 77.1 years, with 74.2 years for men and 79.9 years for women. (Data from CIA Factbook 2000.)

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