Kagemaru -- Do you look like a teacher?
Do I fit the stereotypical teacher with the old suede coat, sewn on elbow patches, stained ties and teeth with breath like a swamp montser?
Hmm, no. Sorry to let you down.
I guess I find it a bit strange that the first question you get asked when entering a bar is whether your an English teacher or not
Not the very first question however, it promptly follows. This goes for any venue.
And with the whole hours of hate conversations, I'd say you walked into an anti-teacher cult meeting at the wrong time...
In that case not quite. It was not the focal point of the conversation.
To them it was splendid to see/meet/hear of (I find Japanese big on heresay) a foreigner that could speak not wonderful but enough Japanese, hadn't married a national for a visa, lives alone (that part is true at least) isn't out trying to pick up as many Japanese girls as possible, and is making an effort to widen the circle.
As much as I dislike Japanese misguided preconceptions regarding this issue, I really cannot blame them for thinking so, as I too are often disgusted by a large portion of foreign behaviour here, many of whom are English teachers.
Judging from the responses here too, it doesn't look a secret, and certainly does not seem isolated to the part of Japan that I live in.