I recently went to the Kamakura Daibutsu, pictured above, which is one of the busiest tourist spots in and around Kamakura. It was a weekday, so there plenty of schools there as well. While looking at the Daibutsu, a group of Japanese school children came up to me, and the following happened:
Group of 5 seven-year-old school children: excuse me, are you tourist?
Me: yes i am.
Bravest school child: can we take your picture?
Me (spots chidrens’ smiling teacher who is kindly but firmly directing other groups of kids in the direction of other, unsuspecting tourists): sure
Two pictures with v-signs and cheese smiles later:
School children: thank you! (simultaneously open their bags and hand me an origami crane each as thank you and run, triumphantly laughing, to show their teacher that they got a picture with a gaijin) 🙂
Here are my new cranes: