For those not familiar with the word Gaijin it actually refers to non Japanese, and literally translates to outside person. How do I know the word? Because I read the author James Clavell's Asian series. The books in chronological order (compliments of Wikipedia) are:
- Shōgun: set in feudal Japan, 1600.
- Tai-Pan: set in Hong Kong, 1841.
- Gai-Jin: set in Japan, 1862.
- King Rat: set in a Japanese POW camp, Singapore, 1945.
- Noble House: set in Hong Kong, 1963.
- Whirlwind: set in Iran, 1979.
Sorry I went off on another tangent didn't I! All I wanted to do was explain how I knew the word Gaijin. Which the six of us were in a Japanese restaurant - if we had been in Japan of course. But we weren't. We were here in good old NZ and enjoying extremely authentic Japanese food (according to local reviews), and some very good Ramen.
psst.... Check out the Menu - Sping Onion anyone?