Back in 2014 I moved to Japan and had the experience of a lifetime. I was all set to be an English teacher, and ready to move to my first big Japanese city, Nagoya. It's located in the Aichi prefecture in central Japan. I spent a hot and humid August training, teaching, and exploring in the "peaceful" city.
After a full day we decided it was time for a drink. So we pointed ourselves in one direction and just started walking until we came to a restaurant. Unfortunately for us this also meant experiencing our first "scam". The server insisted that each of us had to pay "x" amount of money and in return they would give us "hospitality". It was a silly lie, since I found out "omotenashi" actually means selfless, Japanese hospitality which can occasionally manifest as FREE hors d'oeuvres. Not forced on to you with a mysterious cover charge for a deserted restaurant. We all had one drink and left. I went to many places after that and never had it happen again.
Looking back on all of that, I can't help but feel bittersweet. I'm both sad and happy to be away from Japan. It was an experience to say the least, and I plan on writing about more of it when I update the blog again next week! See you February 24!
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