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Japanese tourist leaves Mexico City airport after three months 墨西哥版航站情緣落幕 日籍男子去向不明

Hiroshi Nohara, of Japan, right, sits as youngsters pose for a picture with him in Mexico City’s main international airport, on Nov. 27, 2008.


A distinguished-looking Japanese tourist lingered for more than three months at Mexico City’s airport, sleeping on the ground and eating in expensive restaurants, until he left with a woman in a taxi, witnesses said.

Nobody knows why the tall, bearded Hiroshi Nohara decided to stay at Benito Juarez airport after missing his connecting flight to Brazil — he apparently has a return ticket to Tokyo, but for 117 days he became a tourist attraction in his own right.

“They say he’s got love problems,” Cinnamon Rolls cafeteria employee Ana Elena Ruiz said last Monday. She confessed to growing fond of the polite, often smiling man that reminded her of Tom Hanks in Steven Spielberg’s 2004 movie The Terminal.

“He slept over there, used the rest rooms to clean himself and spent every day in the restaurant area,” said maintenance worker Alejandro Garzon.

“Nohara’s documents were in order and there’s no law that stops him from staying at the airport. So we couldn’t run him off,” said a police officer who asked not to be identified.

The stranger left as mysteriously as he appeared in early September, boarding a taxi with a woman, witnesses said.

“A woman came for him this morning and took him away, but I think he’ll be coming back because he didn’t say good-bye to any of us,” said Ruiz.

“I think the woman took him out for a spin around the city for a few days.”







1. linger v.i./v.t.

徘徊 (pai2 huai2)

例: The taste of coffee lingered in my mouth long after I'd finished it.


2. employee n.

員工 (yuan2 gong1)

例: Linda was delighted to win the employee of the month award.


3. maintenance n.

保養 (bao2 yang3)

例: Max is an expert at hardware maintenance.


4. stranger n.

陌生人 (mo4 sheng1 ren2),外地人 (wai4 di4 ren2)

例: The stranger lurked in the corridors, then quietly walked away.







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