Yesterday on the TGS show floor, a woman flagged me down and asked if she could have a moment. Since she was a normal human and not one of those vinyl booth babe robots they send out to smile painfully at smelly nerds, I actually complied. She handed me a notebook whose cover said, “What is the coolest thing about Japan culture to you?” Then she asked me to draw my favorite thing about Japan. It was awkward and uncomfortable! So I drew the first thing I could think of, having just come from Square Enix’s booth: a DS with a Dragon Quest slime on the screen.
Then she told me she writes for the Nikkei Daily and I realized that she was probably going to post my stupid doodle and a photograph of me drawing it to the Nikkei website. D’oh.
Then the marker she had given me to use exploded in a gout of fizzing black ink.
It’s nice to know that being in Japan can still be a bafflingly surreal experience.