I was on my way back to the hotel after dinner at a lovely restaurant called Katsuretsu Tei Shinshigai (Chapter 370:Katsuretsu Tei Shinshigai). It was a tiring day and my back was hurting from all the walking. The evening fell dark very quickly and all that I could think about was a nice hot bath and to get some rest before heading out to Kurume the next morning.
On Google Maps there were 2 routes, a 4 minute walk taking the the main road and a 3 minute walk taking a smaller road. I took the latter option only because it was slightly quicker. However, the road was dimly lit with no one in sight. Before passing a reddish coloured building with some lights, presumably it was a love hotel, I quickly took notice of some footsteps coming from behind. They sounded like hard shoes? The ones with wooden soles or heels? For a short few seconds I didn’t think anything of it.
I began to walk quicker and realised the footsteps behind also began to speed up. I felt very uneasy at this point, my heart was beating 10 times faster. I don’t know why, but I briefly turned my head around and saw a shadowy figure dressed in a black hoodied coat, I couldn’t make out their face but I think it was a man. The distance between us was only about 3-4 meters. I instantly felt chills down my spine and proceeded to walk as fast as I could, the sound of the footsteps following also quickened mimicking my pace. Then just before seeing my hotel sign, I heard a loud burst of laughter and chattering coming from 2 businessmen walking by the main road. I looked back and saw the stalker suddenly turning around and walked back the opposite direction. Quickly, I entered the hotel and rushed to the lift to go to my room and texted my friend about what just happened!
What a sigh of relief! It happened so quickly I couldn’t believe it, I was in self-doubt for a few days. I’ve always felt very safe in Japan and this was the first time I honestly thought I was in trouble!! Lesson learnt: Even in one of the most safest countries in the world, there’s always weird people and it’s always good to keep alert of your surroundings and believe in your instincts. I was very lucky to have those businessmen come near my path at the right time!! Maybe taking the main road would have been a better option in this case.