My husband and I just arrived in Japan last night--we're starting the trip in Kyoto. We're staying in a machiya just north of Gion. This morning I went out to buy some groceries, and on the way back stopped at a soft drink vending machine. A middle-aged Japanese man in a suit, presumably drunk (I could smell the alcohol), came over holding out two 10000 Y bills and started talking to me in Japanese. I only know a little, so couldn't really follow, but it became clear after a minute (he added a few English words in) that he wanted to pay me to sleep with him. I told him no firmly and loudly in both Japanese and English, and motioned for him to leave, but he just stepped back and stood there watching me buy my drinks, continuing to repeat "No? No?" as if he thought I might change my mind. He didn't follow when I moved on, but I'm a little shaken up still.
I'm pretty surprised by this--it's our second time in Japan and in Kyoto, and I went around plenty of times on my own the last trip and never had anyone behave anything like that toward me. It wasn't that early in the morning (about 8:30am), and I was carrying a big bag of groceries and dressed modesty so I can't imagine I looked like someone likely to be hiring themselves out. I didn't think there were any particularly "bad" neighborhoods in Kyoto where I'd need to be extra cautious.
Was this a total fluke, unlikely to ever happen again? Or is it somewhat usual for this neighborhood and maybe I should have my husband with me if I go on any more morning grocery runs?
And just so I know, is there a better way to get someone like that to completely back off here? I would have really started yelling if he'd gotten more aggressive, but that felt like overkill given that he did back off a little. I would have expected the loud refusals to embarrass him enough to get him to leave, but obviously not. :(