I have learnt many things since coming to Japan but I’m not always conscious of having learnt them.
During the summer I was taken on a boat trip on the Aegean sea. It stopped a few times so that we could swim but the sea was cold and I found it more enjoyable to sit on the deck and read. During one such stop there was suddenly a lot of commotion. My little sister was screaming and running away from Mehmet, the captain.
Mehmet had gone diving and returned with an octopus. He had put this on his head and was chasing the woman and children around the boat. He came rushing up to me and waited for me to run away. But sticking an octopus on your head is not going to scare me. Even threatening to put in on my chest is not going to have much effect. I have eaten small octopus whole, I have seen them on sushi, freeze dried as snacks, and had them cooked in batter. A live one is not a frightening thing and certainly not one that’s safe enough for a person to carry about on their head.