Public holiday in Japan. On the plane, I am the only non-Japanese. I feel like I’m walking the green mile.
As I’m filling in my arrival forms, an official walks over to me and questions me, asks me: why am I returning to Japan; why didn’t I leave like all the other foreigners?
I then face the same questions again at customs, my bag is also searched for the first time ever – maybe I am trying to bring water into the country – he only found dirty boxers & a toothbrush.