So when I was studying abroad in Tokyo, there was this huge thing in the newspaper where a Japanese man got arrested for hiding face-up in a gutter near an all-women’s university so he could peek up their skirts and look and their undies.
I wrote about it in my Chikan article.
Recently I’ve been checking in gutters when I’m wearing a skirt. Like, I don’t think that will happen (like ever), but every once and a while, when I get a weird feeling, I check.
In Japan, upskirting (taking photos on the stairs/escalator under a girl’s skirt) happens more often than you would think. Also, I got groped in the crowds in Shibuya after the World cup, and since then I’ve been really paranoid about both gropers and upskirters.
So this weekend, when we were out in Ibaraki, I was checking to make sure no dirty old men were hiding in the gutters near rice fields.
Ryosuke just laughed at me because he was like “babe, it’s Ibaraki, if you’re safe anywhere in Japan, it’s Ibaraki.”