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Stranger In a Strangely Colorful Land

On my first day in New York, I was enchanted: Colorful hair bobbed up and down all around me. It shone in the sun. It looked so beautiful to me; I had seen only black and gray hair in my native Japan.

I knew that people living in America had hair of many colors - red, blond, brown, black - and in many shades. I had seen Americans with their colorful hair in Japan. Now I was in the midst of all this beautiful hair. It made an amazingly strong impression on me.

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When I saw pale purple hair and green hair, I realized people could wear their hair in any color!

I noticed the colors of eyes, too: blue eyes, green eyes, gray eyes, brown eyes, dark eyes in various shades. Most people don't think eyes are as colorful as hair, but to me they were! I was accustomed to seeing only dark eyes in Japan.

I had to get used to talking with blue-eyed people. If a man with dark-brown eyes spoke to me, I could tell that he was looking at me and speaking to me. But if a blue-eyed person - or anyone with light-colored eyes - spoke to me, I couldn't tell where the person was looking. Was he looking at me? Talking to me? I couldn't tell. Many times I thought that a blue-eyed person was talking to someone behind me. But when I turned around to look, there was no one there. I was so embarrassed. But I could only see the blue sky in their blue eyes.

Nowadays, things are drastically changing again.

Recently, I saw from a distance what I thought was a lady wearing a pink cap. But as she came nearer, I realized she had pink hair.

Then I saw a man whose hair was streaked with bold pink and blue stripes! After my initial shock, I thought maybe he had been painting. I checked his clothes, but there were no paint spots or splashes.

And now people are talking about tinted contact lenses.

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I'm still prepared to be surprised by hair colors and eye colors! (Incidentally, my own hair color and eye color are natural - 100 percent.)

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