Dear Alice,

I’m sending you a photo of a small statue in Azabu Juban in Tokyo. According to the sign, part of which is in English, it’s of a little orphan girl who inspired a famous Japanese song called “The Girl in Red Shoes.” However, my boyfriend is adamant that the sign is all wrong. He maintains that the real girl-in-red-shoes statue is in Yokohama, and that the song is actually about a young woman who was lured overseas by a bad foreign man. What’s more, he insists the song is a xenophobic warning to Japanese women to stay away from gaijin men. Could you please find out what the heck’s going on?

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