My Encounter with the Japanese Prime Minister

by Jaimi Foster July. 10, 2017 839 views

Welcome Parade

Welcome Parade

The PM's security detail in our gift shop

The PM's security detail in our gift shop

My shop manager- Heli- and I posing with the wife of the most hilarious customer I have met to date. His name is Cor & he spent a good half hour trying to convince me to visit them in their "beautiful, historic" town in the Netherlands and my coworker- Henrik- to marry their "lovely" daughter.

My shop manager- Heli- and I posing with the wife of the most hilarious customer I have met to date. His name is Cor & he spent a good half hour trying to convince me to visit them in their "beautiful, historic" town in the Netherlands and my coworker- Henrik- to marry their "lovely" daughter.

Helsinki Music Center (home to the renowned Sibelius Academy and two Finnish orchestras)

Helsinki Music Center (home to the renowned Sibelius Academy and two Finnish orchestras)

So to my extreme disappointment, I did not actually meet the Japanese Prime Minister today... it's not that I believed the chances of this happening were realistically high, but believe me, his security detail sure as heck led me on. THREE times they walked around our complex and in and out of the shop where I was observing them from. Sure, they were merely looking at the collection of trinkets we sell and didn't necessarily seem on "high alert", but I mean come on, why on earth would they need to repeat the same process three times in a row. If they were worried about some sort of threat emerging from our building, you'd think they would be staked out and carefully surveying our customers, not caressing hand towels and smelling face lotion. I mean they really got me worked up there; I had practically already informed my social media following that dearest Abe and I had spent the afternoon together. Regretfully, that did not turn out to be the case. Though being (with)in (one quarter of a mile of) his presence was still pretty darn neat, it was not exactly the life altering moment where I was embraced within the diplomatic world, that I had pictured so endlessly while stalking his security detail during my shift.

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