“What`s your sign?”
The ultimate conversation starter lost with the demise of the horoscope in the 70`s. Perhaps it got tangled up with disco. Whatever the reason, I stopped looking for a Leo soul mate and that groovy Sagittarius embroidered chambray shirt went to Good Will along with my velvet big bells.
But should I have been studying Eastern philosophy instead?
In Japan and many other Asian countries, the better question is, “What`s your type?”
As in blood type.
Perhaps this is best told with a story.
Once upon a time there was a male Japanese twenty something looking for love in Roppongi.
The Japanese twenty something asked the shy, kawaii (Cute) girl twirling the straw between her fingers,
“What`s your type?”
“O.” She lied, looking toward the floor, sneaking a peek through her bangs toward his face to see if he bought it.
He knew she was lying.
An “O” would never act like that.
This savvy fella knows his “O” blood types. And likes them. Considered by Japanese and other Asian cultures to be the most desirable of the options. At their best, an “O” is usually leading the conga line, laughing, sociable, realistic, energetic and optimistic. Rude and lacking follow through at their worst.
Since he`s a “B” type, “O” works well with his personality. Creative, bold, reckless, prone to being a lone wolf, playful, practical, he and an “O” make a nice balance, even when he is being reckless or going his own way.
He suspects this girl was an “AB“. The worst. They usually lie about their blood type. Probably the Wicked Witch of the West, Cruella de vil, and Darth Vader were AB. All villains are. Everybody knows it. Cool, controlled, rational, spiritual, sensitive, and bookwormish. A tendency to have a split personality. Most Japanese anime villains are AB.
(Offspring #1 has hurled accusations of AB at OS#2. A bloody, blood type blood feud boiled over.)
AB is best matched with A. Our bar fly watches the “A” types arrange shot glasses in a perfectly straight line along the bar. Neat, fastidious, responsible, teacher`s pets, perfectionists, and hard-working. On the negative – workaholics.
I used to work with an A. I loved to re arrange the stick pins haphazardly on his bulletin board when he was at lunch. Good times.
I forgot about the story.
Go ahead and imagine the rest. I`ve lost interest. Chalk it up to my blood type.
Used by matchmakers arranging marriages, listed on baseball cards and social networking sites, this information is considered a mandatory part of the information gathering process when assessing compatibility. 90% of Japanese know their blood type as opposed to a small unverifiable number of Americans.Which is borne out in the Clampitt family of whom only one is sure of their blood type.
Our local guide on all things Japanese, declared bachelor, and expert on blood types claiming accuracy within 99%, Andretti-san, was asked to predict for the three unknown Clampitts.
He predicts A for Spouse. His elementary teachers still talk about what a nice student he was to their nursing home orderlies.
Offspring #1- The teenager who can walk through any airport in the world and run in to four people and two teachers he knows- O.
Offspring #2-the teenager who asked Ouisar -san to stop putting her clothes away because they weren`t folded neatly enough – A.
The one verified by blood donor card?
Ouisar-san- O- favorite pass time- photo bombing- while on the dance floor.
Issendai`s lair – Detailed description and links to all blood type descriptions