Cockroaches in my bed!

Before I came to Japan, I had never really seen a cockroach. Those first three months in Japan quickly changed that though as rainy season set in and the humid summer brought them out in droves.

I was staying with my homestay family at the time, and while the whole family slept together in the air conditioned living room, I had my own room right above them. With just a fan to keep me cool, I was struggling to sleep. Already bitten all over from the mosquitoes, which buzzed around chanting ‘Fee fi fo fum, we smell the blood of an Englishman’, I suddenly leapt out of bed as I realized my worst fears.

I scrambled to my feet, turned on the rather dim nightlight which hung over my futon and looked down to see two cockroaches scurrying around in circles in the middle of my bed!

Well, I just freaked out. I stood there stomping my feet, screaming for my mum, and England. “AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! EXPLETIVE EXPLETIVE EXPLETIVE!!!! I’M GOING HOME TOMORROW!! GET ME OUT OF THIS BUG INFESTED PLACE!”

After a few puffs on my inhaler, I calmed down and reached for my glasses. Already armed with a toilet slipper, these suckers were gonna get it.

Now, with my glasses on I peered a little closer from the far corner of the room I was hiding in… then I realized that what I thought were evil cockroaches were actually shadows from a stupid little plastic frog and fireman’s helmet that were attached to the swinging light chord.

Needless to say I was mighty relieved, but that’s not the end of the story. You see, at breakfast the next morning the family were acting rather odd. They didn’t make eye contact with me and were unusually quiet. It wasn’t until later in the day that I told the daughter what had happened in the night, and she admitted that I had frightened the life out of her and her parents. They thought I was some loony, foreign, toilet slipper wielding maniac!

Little did I know that three years on I would be living in a cockroach infested apartment, but that’s another story…

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