I was meaning to stay on the ship all day as I wrote in the previous entry, but I felt that something was missing without setting foot on Malaysian soil, so I went out of the ship to take a walk around the cruise ship terminal. I had heard that there was nowhere to look around the terminal, but it would be a kind of exaggeration, I thought. I'd like to chat with local people.
When the passengers go out of the ship, you have only to show your cruise card to the security personnel. When I went out of the ship, I asked a question which I had harbored since I got on board to a staff member. That was why most signboards were written not only in English, but in Japanese. The answer was that the Diamond Princess was to be used in cruises which start and end in Japan from April for 6 months. For that reason, several dozen Japanese crew were on board for training. Hearing that, I uttered words of joy. He asked me, "Are you Japanese?" in Japanese. He was also Japanese. He assumed that a Korean was accusing him of not having the Korean language in the ship. My way of talking in English might have sounded like an accusation. I felt sorry to have him feel that way. I have to be careful when talking to others.
マラッカ海峡クルージング記： 朝鮮人に間違われた件 (^_^;)