I don’t often ride in taxis, but when I do, I usually like to chat with the driver.
Nine times out of ten it is an interesting conversation. Many drivers ask where I am from, what I do, and so on. They often talk about the weather. But sometimes the conversation turns toward politics, or family life, or the economy.
Recently I was asked who I favored for the Presidential election. We talked about the two parties in America, and the Japanese political system, too. It was an interesting opportunity to hear someone’s opinions. He was an older man, and very conservative, and even though I am now living thousands of miles away from where I grew up, he reminded me of my uncle.
I have had nice chats about family – grandparents telling me about their childredn and grandchildren, and asking if I miss my family back home.
I’ve even had people give me advice about what I should do with my life.
Taxi drivers in Sapporo are often a little bit dangerous when it comes to driving, but I am usually impressed with how friendly they are when I get in the cab.