Well I can kinda understand this one as I was stationed in Japan during my time in the NAVY. I took a tour of a traditional Japanese Village(I was the only Black Person on the tour), many of the children and some of the people actually came up to me and touched me to see if I was real. My guide, who happened to be a dependent explained most of them if ever have never seen a Black Person, outside of T.V. which it was only one in the whole damn village, but hey I had fun with as I spoke some Japanese, which sent most of them running for the hills, when I did!
My blonde-haired, blue-eyed sister-in-law got the same treatment in Japan when she went as an exchange student. She was viewed as being exotic.
It did help her land a husband, who was native Japanese :-)
But their four kids have had to face prejudice for being only half Japanese. They aren’t readily accepted in Japan even though they were born there and have spent their entire lives there.
That is a very interesting story! A few years ago I was food shopping in NJ in a store where many Turkish immigrants like to go. I had a Turkish man stop me and ask if I was from Germany...I have natural light blonde hair and I guess I reminded him of when he used to live there. I’ve also had a lot of Indians stare at my hair too...I think when you come from a country where everyone’s hair is dark, etc....seeing someone different is unique.
I had similar experiences as a white guy in Korea. Several times I had people touch me, apparently to see if I felt different.