Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Stranger in a Strangely Colorful Land

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Stranger in a Strangely Colorful Land

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On my first day in New York, I was enchanted: Colorful hair bobbed up and down all around me. It shone in the sun. It looked so beautiful to me; I had seen only black and gray hair in my native Japan.

I knew that people living in America had hair of many colors - red, blond, brown, black - and in many shades. I had seen Americans with their colorful hair in Japan. Now I was in the midst of all this beautiful hair. It made an amazingly strong impression on me.

When I saw pale purple hair and green hair, I realized people could wear their hair in any color! I noticed the colors of eyes, too: blue eyes, green eyes, gray eyes, brown eyes, dark eyes in various shades. Most people don't think eyes are as colorful as hair, but to me they were! I was accustomed to seeing only dark eyes in Japan. I had to get used to talking with blue-eyed people. If a man with dark-brown eyes spoke to me, I could tell that he was looking at me and speaking to me. But if a blue-eyed person - or anyone with light- colored eyes - spoke to me, I couldn't tell where the person was looking. …

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