A comment made by the wife unit, not me, in response to something son told me during my visit to school last week.
There are a noticeable, but not large number of Japanese students on campus (school has ties to 2 schools in Japan) and the wife unit, in part of her last-minute ‘instructions’ to son, said he ought to make friends with some of them; for the trip last weekend, she even made a huge batch of curry rice sauce, froze it and had me carry it up so son could share it.
Well what son told me was he came up to a groups of girls, introduced himself (in Japanese), and their reaction was along the lines of いったいあんたはだれた？！, and then they fled, I was told, like a flock of startled turkeys.
Ok, I wasn’t there. But knowing son, I don’t believe he came up to the girls with a おい、彼女よ！俺のところに遊びにこないか？line.
Son isn’t terribly upset over this, his reaction is more along the lines of WTF was their problem?