Do They Think We Are Immortal?

He wipes his glasses because the steam from the food clouds them. He puts them on again and says excitedly, “Mr. Onoe, you are amazing. You know, most people tell me that I have to get a good job and have a career first. And after that, I can go see the world, or I can do whatever I want to do, but it’s absolutely nonsense, I know. Do they think we are immortal? I am a mortal, Mr. Onoe. Time is passing by me, day by day. I can’t wait to see the world when I am decrepitude by a stressed job. I really think you always tell the truth and the right thing. I feel that you know exactly what you want from your life and what you want to do for the rest of your life. Japanese people don’t know what they want to do in their lives, they have no desire except making money to buy expensive things, and they just fritter their time away making money: They only care about outside appearances. I think you have a special quality that differentiates you from other Japanese. You’re carrying a bright torch inside you, Mr. Onoe. That’s why your eyes always shine like distant stars. And you are right again here; life is only one time, so why do I have to stay only in Japan? Yes, Mr. Onoe, why don’t I see the world? Whenever I talk to you, everything seems so simple. Allow me to tell you why I decided to take this job. Because I want to save money to go to Canada or other countries to see different sorts of life from Japan, but my resolution is crumbling away right now. I have to tell you about my secret: I hate Ms. Yamada so much. I can’t stand her temper and can’t endure her shower of insults anymore!”

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