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ハガティ駐米大使の穴場 | “A secret spot for Ambassador to Hagerty”
その穴場のお店.... 是非とも「えのき」をお願いしたく! ! との話しが飛び込んで来た.
“We will continue to cherish the warm hospitality we have received in Japan, and we are convinced that Japan and the United States will continue to have deep bonds, and that both countries will develop further in the future.”
This is the message by former US Ambassador to Japan Hagerty before he left from Japan.
My “Enoki” has been visited by many staff of American embassies for 20 years.
At the beginning of last year, Mr. J. Y, number 2 of the US Embassy, came to Enoki with a smile as usual.
Apparently, the newly appointed ambassador was planning to make a video shoot in a small and relaxing place where Japanese people come and go.
Mr. J. Y said "The hidden bar ... I want to shoot at Enoki!!"
I was afraid and refused several times, but Mr. J.Y asked me passionately, I finally accepted his suggestion.
In October of last year, Ambassador Hagerty and five other staff, shoot a relaxed video with the usual conversations and the original Enoki's food.
I watched it with them in February this year.
I was a little embarrassed.
Later in March, Ambassador Hagerty, his wife, and the great people from Tennessee, where they were born and raised, came to Enoki!
It seems that Ambassador Hagerty himself was brought in because he wanted to see atomosphere of Nonbei Yokocho and Enoki.
I explained that the shop has the second floor, where only a few people can enter.
They were impressed about it.
In July, when less than 4 months have passed, there was a person peeking out from the side of the goodwill.
The ambassador and the whole family came to Enoki suddenly.
He came with his family to say goodbye to me because US Embassy decided back to US in July.
His four children enter the shop and l told them “If you have the opportunity to come to Japan, please come and visit here”
I took a commemorative photo with the whole family and greeted them farewell.
Returning to the United States, Mr. Hagaty will run for the Senate next year from Southern Tennessee.
Mr. Hagaty has a wonderful heartwarming personality and love.
I wish his victory!
「 プロの運転手」"Professional driver"
Due to my work as Izakaya bar, I always take a late-night taxi to back my home.
I think it would be easier if we had a contract with a taxi company, but it is not easy.
The bubble economic era (A sharp rise in asset prices such as stock prices and land prices occurred in Japan from 1986 to 1990),
At that time, I wanted to take a taxi as faster as possible after work.
I went to Route 246 but I couldn't find any taxis available.
Even if there was an empty car, the driver had given priority to men who could lead to sales.
There were many drivers that women customers ignored even if they raised their hands.
The times have changed and such things have disappeared recently.
However, sad thing is that there are few real professional drivers, and there are more taxi drivers who do not arrive if they can not tell the destination from the customer many times.
Even if you tell the destination, there are many people who go in the wrong direction!
I wondered what the navigator is installed in the car for.
Sometimes, I wish I could take a taxi such as during bubble economic era.
I hear that some customers who are not humble to the customer and there is a customer who is annoyed and annoys the driver.
Be attentive to each other in a small car.
I hope everyone can reach your destination safely!!
「長旅の機内での出逢い」 "Meeting at the plane in a long journey "
I was on the aisle side of the two seats on the 12 hour long flight from Japan to England.
I got on board quickly that time and waited for the person who seated next window.
There was a Japanese plane, most of the passengers were Japanese. I did not feel like going abroad.
Five or six minutes later, a young man wear casual clothes sat down in my seat next to me.
An announcement started when we depart.
At that time, I greeted the man next to me, "It is a long trip, let me know if you concerned about something, thank you."
Then I had a conversation with him.
He said, "Today, I came from Nagoya to Haneda Airport. I'm doing car-related work in abroad. I spends half of a year overseas."
He usually arrives in each country, he moves to a city far away.
It is a job where a former professional driver gets on the car body and he explains and promotes the main equipment in detail.
He said that the large senior who is acting together is Mr. Masuoka, a professional rally driver who has won the Dakar Rally for two consecutive years in Paris!
It was said that anyone who was interested knew, but I couldn't understand it without looking at the face!
After talking, I watched movies, I took a nap, and we arrived at Heathrow Airport as expected.
They transfer the plane at Heathrow airport to go Poland late night.
When I got out of the cabin, I met Mr. Masuoka, a driver who I had seen on TV! We talked in a peaceful story in the cabin.
We separated in the passage of transfer of the next plane .
It was fun time in the plane.
10日間の長い連休 | Long holidays of 10 days
During the holidays, I went to Osaka to meet good friends by airplane.
The plane was full due to the consecutive holidays!
As soon as I arrived at Itami Airport in Osaka, I noticed I was hungry.
We had delicious pizza and wine at a restaurant on the roof top of the airport terminal.
Early dinner was a meat specialty cuisine that has been around for 50 years.
It's really delicious!
Speaking in Kansai dialect "Honma ni umaiwa ~"
Stomach is so full but time was still early.
Yes, let's go to Kyoto! I thought.
I was thinking of going to the train, but the customer of the meat restaurant there says I will go home in Kyoto by car.
What a coinsidently! He took me to kyoto by his car luckily.
I went to Hanamikoji street located Gion in Kyoto and visited a bar I knew.
I know the master for 12 years.
We drank and chatted and returned to a hotel in Toyonaka in Osaka by taxi.
The next day, I took the Osaka water bus and enjoyed Osaka Nakanoshima and Osaka Castle from the boat around 50 minutes.
The weather was also great.
After that, I got off the ship and went to the Osaka Castle Tower.
In Osaka Castle, there was an exhibition called "Prayers of the Warring States".
There was an exhibition on the 2nd to 4th floor where a new order was created from Japan.
We could feel relision, politic and culture of the warring states that time.
It was really interesting.
My mobile was recorded that I walked 17871 steps on this day.
The air was very delicious this season, when the fresh green is beautiful.
In the evening, I called my friend uncle who living Rokko had a good time and walked the streets of Osaka with the beautiful girl.
The holiday was over on that day.
It was a good memories.
「お気に入りの飲み屋での一杯は、心が温まります。」「Warming heart and soul over drinks in my beloved bar」
My favorite bar in Tokyo, Enoki, is in a row of old houses, squashed down the side of Shibuya Station, called "Drunkard's Alley." It seats 10, with another six upstairs, and one needs an introduction to be able to come in.
The mama-san welcomed me warmly even when I couldn't speak any Japanese, and I would watch the rapid to-and-fro of conversation like a tennis match. She is an excellent cook, a skillful server of drinks and very open-hearted. But she can also be strict, especially to company CEOs with a higt opinion of themselves. They seem to enjoy her sometimes sharp teasing.
Once, an older man with his young female colleague came to the bar, and she clearly didn't know how to behave politely in such a place. Finally, mama-san said, "Younger sister, Please understand that there are ways to follow..." and kindly explained some manners to her . The girl was deeply touched. She said no one had ever taken the trouble to talk to her like that in her life.
If you squashed 10 Scots into a bar that size, it wouldn't be long before someone complained of having an elbow in their side, or a beer in their ear. And then there would be a pushing and a shoving, and it might all end in what we Scots call a "Glasgow kiss" --the resounding crack of a head-butt.
I think I'll stay Shibuya, where mama-san would be sure to prevent any such nonsense. （ジョーン・アンダーソン）
Asahi Weekly Sunday,November 18,2018
未来が楽しみの子供達 | Look forward to the future of gracious children
One day, I ate lunch with my friends and the time was early so we decided to went to a karaoke box.
When I went to the karaoke reception, we needed to wait for 15 minutes.
While waiting there were two prize game machines nearby, and the kids were waiting for karaoke room around them.
I said to them, "I want to see the prize in the middle of that game falls down, I will give you 100 yen for one game fee so please try it for me!"
I handed 100 yen to the most energetic child.
They challenged quickly, but it does not fall well.
Eventually handed over 300 yen, they got a splendid prize.
The goods came out noisily, six children and I burst out laughing.
Then the prize goods were shared by everyone.
After that, the order of karaoke came to us and the children.
As I heard the numbers of their rooms, there were in the same row as ours, so when I peeked in the room, they look shy but laughing while singing.
I do not know at all what song they sung, but the children's songs seemed fun.
After that, we ordered the placing of potato chips to the children 's room for the staff.
Then, it took less than a few minutes, six children came to me, they bowed politely and said "Thank you" .
After that, the kids who finished karaoke for 1 hour also came to my karaoke room and gave a thank you again.
They are very gracious though they were 6th grade elementary school student.
It was a wonderful encounter.
化粧品売り場 | Cosmetics department
I noticed that there was no foundation of cosmetics I always used while in my travels.
Hurriedly I went to the cosmetic counter on the first floor of a department store in front of the station.
There are many kinds even if you say it in a word "cosmetic".
I have decided which brand to use, so I looked for a brand sign.
Because I have no time in the trip, I arrived at the corner of the brand, there were two staff.
However, there were already other customers sitting in the two-seat chair.
To the customers of the young women who sit in 2 seats, the staff is explaining the product in detail.
Some other customers got cards for waiting, there were people who were irritated or just waiting.
I understood that I am pushy but I already decided what to buy, so I asked "I'd like to buy this foundation in a hurry."
However, young staff responded with a smiling face as per the manual.
"Sorry, the customer of the previous customer has priority, so please wait a bit while."
What is it, how long will it keep waiting? . .
I thought that it was "bad business".
I was in a hurry, so I decided to buy a different cosmetic product nearby.
Because it is a department store in front of the station, I think that customers who are in a hurry displaying merchandise of brand goods or that there is a place where items used every day can be bought without having to explain!
I am sorry that there is no corner of the middle age class who has the most money.
Many corners are targeting young people as far as I see.
お年賀 | New Year's Day
実物も知らない、初来店のお客様方 (((o(*ﾟ▽ﾟ*)o))) ど~~ォ~~と大笑い
特に えのき 定番の「ポテトサラダ」5.6人分ぐらいしか作らないが、大変好評で
On New Year 's first day of business where various people return to Enoki on January 4, 31th Heisei (Heisei is imperial era name 31th Heisei = 2019).
When we opened at 5 p.m., the seats were full before a few minutes in a while. Some customer came after the job of the first business day, some customer was temporary back to Japan, and regular customers came.
It became a bustling first day!
However, some new customers ware warned by me that the way of greeting as first visitors...
The greeting with good manners is important.
Afterwards, I also drank alcohol and became tipsy a bit, so encouraging new customers by telling them failed stories of regular customer who have been visiting for a long time.
Customers who do not even know the real person also laughed a lot about that story.
One glass of alcohol we ordered soon disappeared their ordered. They ordered a few glasses more soon.
They laughed too much and their stomachs were empty, so they ordered the foods put in front of them.
Especially Enoki's classic menu "Potato Salad" is made only about 5 or 6 people everyday, it was very popular that day.
Such was the first day of the start of this year 2019.
My most relieved scene is your smile when you left Enoki. It is evidence of you felt confortable and enjoyed!
It was a wonderful sunny day as soon as the New Year.
Happy New Year!
『横丁＆自身の歴史と年末のご挨拶』 "Nonbei Yokocho & my own history / Greetings at the end of the year 2018"
As you know my Enoki located Shibuya Nonbei Yokocho.
The small alley with old building is becoming a brand gradually!
The impression of the yokocho that I saw for the first time.
Along the railroad and close to the station? Izakaya in red lantern?
I was not interested at all!
Suddenly, "Do you have intrest in opening a izakaya?", A voice caught.
I am not interested so much, but just by watching what kind of shops. . . That was the opportunity to visit the alley.
It was 3.4 minutes from Shibuya station, I went to the back street and I was surprised at a store of about 40 shops in Nagaya style.
The seats 7 to 8 seats in an L type counter. The distance between the kitchen and customer was very close.
Customer could see what kind of dish someone made.
I listened to detail and the contract that time.
At that time, I was doing work for clothes.
A couple of achievements at the company, so many suppliers offered me a job title.
However, I thought my job of clothing was over.
As a result of thinking for three months, I decided to challenge new work for eating and drinking I never had done.
From December 1985, I started to new job in Enoki!
I decided three guidelines for myself.
1, In the future I think many women into work like the men. Want to make places where they can breathe easily after work as well as the men.
2, Be friendly to foreign people coming to Japan.
3, No matter young and old, male and female, Having job title or not! Everyone enjoying drink communication.
Thanks to you, I was able to give results to these three policies until today.
In the 4th year, we opened a second Enoki shop to a location close by one minute.
I rearry happy to supported by wonderful customers.
Next year we will be happy together again.
Our staff will do our best as well as this year.
Thank you truly.
小さな画面のコマーシャル | "An commercial comes on small screen"
I noticed about June this year, an advertising video came on a small TV screen in the taxi about 10 minutes while I returned home from Enoki.
"If you are able to share personal networks within the company, you should be able to work smoother and increase efficiency!"
One short advertisement that the head of the business card management service presents to the president.
I laughed in a taxi and nodding, I thought "It's a very common story."
An actor with expressive screen ... Perhaps I saw him first time.
One day, I was casually watching TV at midnight on a holiday, the actor I saw in a commercial video of a taxi was on the screen.
The title of the drama is "Kodoku no Gourmet".
It was a scene he ate foods beautifully in the dining room. I touched by how the actor was eating beutiful and I also liked the his face of the ad the other day.
I looking for the name of the actor at once and found an actor named Mr Yutaka Matsushige.
I became a fan of him.
I know getting decrease people who watch TV.
However the advertisements in taxis and buses are few tens of seconds, but the eye easily catches it.
I think it's a surprisingly good way of advertisement.
自身の不注意 | My own carelessness
Time flies so fast, already September is over.
For me this September was good as well as bad.
I opened Izakaya for 33 years ago, and the streets of Shibuya are changing daily.
In long‐ago days, at the time of the opening of Enoki, it was very rare to see people from overseas.
Many people did not understand the language, so most Japanese owner declined a foreigner to enter to their restaurant.
Recently every restaurant owner got accustomed to foreigners, and many foreigner came to drink alcohol easily with the surrounding Japanese people.
They could have a nice chat, drinking and return to their own country with a smile.
However, an incident occurred at the end of last month.
Every day I check the keys of the door and the inside of the store before returning to my house.
On the next day, when I opened the door after grocery shopping, there were 5 or 6 glasses, 2 whiskey bottles and 2 beer bottles were left on the desk at Enoki 2nd store!
I didn't know whether they felt sorry, but they put about 15 coins at the counter too.
I notice Enoki intruded by someone!
Immediately I asked Secom to check security cameras.
2am over midnight, there were images of foreigners of 4 people men and women using keys in the box of the door's secret number.
(Putting the key here was on my mind from before but I didn't change it.)
Things that did not suffer major damage luckily.
I've been continued my restaurant that keeping the feeling of "Omotenashi" (Hospitality) and spending fun time even if the people from foreign country.
Of course I understand most people from different countries have nice personality but I disappointed to such as bad things happend by foreigner and felt sad that I have to suspect.
東京の奥座敷、奥多摩 | Outskirts of Tokyo, Okutama
I headed for Okutama on the outskirts of Tokyo on a rapid train bound for Oume from Shinjuku.
The scenery from the train window was getting change from the city to many forest guradually, and seen many houses were hiding.
After 1 hour half, I arrived at Okutama Station.
A lot of people are fishing when looking under the bridge, 10 minutes walking from the station.
It seems that "Rainbow trout" could catch this river.
Beside some people enjoying a barbecue with their family and friends.
I was invited to a BBQ in Okutama through my friend that day.
Many people met for the first time, but it was a lot of fun.
When I sut on the chair, some people quickly brought meat and vegetables, freshly rainbow trout, drinks and so on.
I was thankful to care for me as a BBQ beginner.
After a fun BBQ at the river, around 4pm, we ate a delicious "horse sashimi" at the tavern "Muraki" in front of the station.
I drank some sake called "Sawanoi" is brewed in Tokyo.
When I came to Okutama more than ten years ago, I went from Okutama Lake to the limestone cave that is a natural monument and saw river stream.
In the vicinity, I walked the Hikawa Stream Promenade, and behind the bridge was a long valley like a mountain that came to a mountain.
Okutama is close place from a chaotic big city as I living Shibuya, but the atmosphere is completely different.
A day trip to Okutama, or a trip of accommodation for a few days, It may good.
日本料理の料理人 | The chefs of Japanese cuisine
In May of this year, the newlyweds couple from Washington DC in the USA came to Enoki.
A husband is an American born in Hong Kong and a wife is the first time in Asia not only Japan. Their friend introduced my restaurant.
She said they would go to Hong Kong to meet husband's parents lived in Hong Kong after staying in Japan for 5 days to know Japanese food and culture.
In the beginning, a couple looks nervous, but after had alcohol, they could talk with other customer and relaxed.
After left from Japan, they sent a mail of thank you to me.
At the end of July, a husband visited to Enoki again with Mexican guy and Brazilian guy.
I was wondering why is he with friends from different countries.
He said "My job is a chef of Japanese restaurant now! As one of the 14 chefs selected by the representatives of each country who are engaged in Japanese cuisine this time, it was decided to seven or eight famous traditional restaurant in Kyoto to go on training until next March. "
After the opening ceremony of training, He took to Enoki same situation 2 chefs from Mexico and Brazil.
Before going to Kyoto, by all means I was happy that he wanted me to take it to the Enoki.
They will have hard training for 8 months and will be working at a prestigious restaurant after returning each country.
I only advised to them, "Summer time of Kyoto is really hot and humit,so please take care of yourself."
And the other day the mail arrived from him.
"After our training has finished, I will come back to Enoki again before leave from Japan to returning home to each country."
I hope to see you them again.
スクランブル交差点で雨のアート | Rain Art at Shibuya scramble crossing
In the rainy season at Tokyo, heavy rain fell like every day.
My heart was dark and sad like gray sky.
So I thought to making a world of art by plastic umbrella and turning it into a pleasant feeling.
The umbrella shops and convenience stores sold so many transparent plastic umbrella.
Almost plastic umbrella is 500 yen only.
People will buy that umbrella if suddenly rains.
As the rain rises, many people disposal it without taking home.
If you throw it away, I want to make umbrellas interesting and transform into art!
For example, Japanese artist "Yasuo Kusama's colorful polka dot pattern" ,
Tokyo's icon "Tokyo Tower, Sky Tree, Rainbow Bridge",
"Manga character" popular from overseas as well. . .
Show time at Shibuya scramble crossing famous in the world of art umbrella in front of Shibuya station!
To see scrambling art from the third floor or high building, I think it looks good (^. ^)
It was a momentary my idea.
関西の旅 | Traveling in Kansai area
”あんた”その…イノシシ…、もしかして ”口紅をつけイノシシ” と違うの〜〜だって、イヤァ〜〜ウチの奧さん凄いわ！
It has been 23 years since the Great Hanshin Awaji earthquake this year.
I saw the landscape of new Hanshin Express Highway No. 3 damaged by the earthquake while we taking a taxi from the Ishiyagawa station of the Hanshin Train.
My destination is a Jaapanese sake brewery called "Shushinkan".
It is a sake brewery that continues to make sake called "Fukuju" handmade over thirteen generations from the foundation.
When we entered into sake brewery, Junmai Ginjo Fukuju lined up in the table of the Nobel Prize dinner party was conspicuous in 2012.
While having the staff introduce the seasonal sake, we ate local delicious foods including homemade tofu and vegitables.
After having finished the meal, I went to Mr. K's villa ground, Rokko Mountain by car.
He lives near the summit of Mt. Rokko and he stayed there over half of a month.
The night view from the observation deck where we can go by car was very beautiful.
Rokko Mountain had a handy hiking course, and there were also many climbers.
Mr. K told me an interesting story while looking down the mountain top and descending.
"Usually I go down to the mountain on once a week and go home and meet my wife and our dog, but the other day when I talked that the wild boar came in front of my villa, my wife suspected boar as "the boar wearing lipstick" (=another woman)! I was so suprise!"
We laughed a lot with everyone.
大切なお客様 | Valued customers
だからこそ、同じ志しを持っている人々が集うお店に と 思いながら、
General company workers work from morning until late every day on weekdays and they are off on weekends.
When it comes to Friday, they go to a small restaurant where they can chill, talking with people who don't know in one calm place.
I really looking forward to thinking what kind of person is coming to my Enoki today.
Some tourists who came from abroad, "there are six people, can we come in?"
I said "Tonight is reservation only. I'm sorry."
A young girl also tried to enter the store but refused by "reservation is full".
You might wonder why I declined.
I stood in a bar counter for years and wore judgment about seeing people by touching various people.
There ware various people 's support helps me as well as I learnt to make valued customers by struggling.
Nowadays even if someone doesn't know the evaluation of himself, it is a internet era to write scores on the restaurant without permission and write the good or bad of cooking.
Unlike a mass public izakaya, my small shop has limited seating chairs.
That is why I would like to be a restaurant where people with the same passion gather.
Friday I am opening the seat purposely.
it is about time for customers to visit me!
長い人生 | Long life
Mr. N, 83, is an attractive person.
He is tall and has a good fashion sense, good singer at karaoke, sometimes a fun person who also enjoys mahjong.
For a long time, I saw Mr. N's personality who came to my shop from the counter table.
I think he is a clever and friendly personality.
When he finish his previous job he said
"Hey Mama, my current work is over in this month, I will enjoy the rest of the day from now on!" with a word of full smile.
When words ended, applaused from his companies and other customer.
However, six months later, he was involved in a major incident called a monetary trouble of a parliamentarian.
Previously Mr. N have maneged account books of the parliamentarian.
A police was questioned to him and the reporters was coming in front of his house like everyday.
It seems to be a terrible riot.
He did not do bad things while he was workin for a parliamentarian, but it bothers the neighbors very much.
He dicided to leaving home and livied a few months moving around the hotel.
Then time passed the problem seems settle down, Mr. N came to the Enoki for the first time after the problem.
He laughing pleasantly and said,
"I have lived long time, there is no life without anything"
He was drinking his favorite Japanese sake.
A wonderful smile is an impressive gentleman !!
地域への交流 | Exchange with the community
Seven years have passed since the Tohoku earthquake occurred in 2011.
"Kamaishi Nonbei Yokocho" in Kamaishi city, Iwate prefecture that suffered great damage
Through the thought of doing the same work, we interchange as a sister-yokocho from after the earthquake till now.
It was very cold in February 2012 the following year after the earthquake that I visited Kamaishi city for the first time.
It is very cold inside the store at the temporary construction restaurant, so far I was stunned as I was not in the cold region.
However, temporary store getting better year by year, I felt the warm atmosphere.
In restaurants of Kamaishi-coty, when we serve food, they don't put cleanly.
One big fish comes on top of big dish. Oden also plenty.
They smiled and said "You must eat because it' s delicious".
People in the Tohoku region are bright and their hearts are big!
Such Yokocho, finally finished open at temporary store in March of this year.
I heard various stories from those who died in the earthquake, those who quit the shop, those who moved to a different place.
Currently the only shops they have are union chief's shops and four others.
It seems that the plan leading up to the next street is not clear yet.
Signboards, television and dustbins donated from our Yokocho in Tokyo also disappear this year.
We are looking forward to restarting in different places by all means in order to give the local people the vitality in the future as well.
I would like you to stay healthy and do your best.
I am going to exchange for a long time, as an individual.
都心の雪の弱さ Tokyo is vulnerable to snow
That day was snowing in Tokyo though less than a month since starting this year.
In the evening around 5 pm, the snow piled as early as 20 cm, many people tried to go home earlier than usual.
Shibuya station was packed by restricting entry.
Enoki was opened as usual that day but I closed earlier before 11 pm.
When I searched for a taxi until I got home, many vacant taxi were available.
I was able to catch a taxi immediately under the guard.
The driver seemed to be more nervous than usual because he was wearing a snow tire dedicated to snow which he didn't use normally.
I do not know why, but the taxi that I got on was overtaken by cars on a car without snow tires.
He Said he became became a taxi driver five years ago by he likes a car, but he made surprisingly slow driving driving.
I am worried and asked "Are you OK?" to him.
The taxi came to a place to climb the slope.
On the way of the slope, a young woman was waiting for traffic as the taxi climbed when she was shoveling snow so as not to slide the next morning.
Even though taxi was wearing a snow tire, car couldn't climb up the slope even if I twisted the engine twice by excessive creep driving.
A young lady who was watching the figure was laughing while watching a taxi as if he was concerned.
I got tired of this unusually worried taxi driver, I got off on the way, walked quickly, climbed a slope and came home.
Limited entry to the train, cars where the slope can not climb up by snow, urban areas are hard if snow falls.
店の「ドア」と 「のれん」 "Doors" and "Noren curtain" in restaurant
「あの…始めての客ですが良いですか ? 」
一眼見て、「どうぞ ! 」……「う~~ん」、「今日は予約が入っています」
え~~なぜ断るの~ ？ の 、毎日の連発
When opening in my restaurant, I hung "Noren" to the door of entrance.
(Noren is a cotton curtain hannging at the entrance of shops or restaurants.
It originally indicated the nature of business and longstanding history of the shop, but today it is used mostly for decorative purposes)
Before I hang my noren, clean the front of the shop and sprinkle a little water.
On the glass of the door, fold the two in the middle of the noren in half and hang it so that the inside of the restaurant looks better.
It has been decorating the entrance of Enoki for decades.
I think many first customers are wondering if they should enter or not.
The first customer walks back and forth in front of the door before deside to enter.
"I am the first customer, can I seat?"
I desided by the first impression of someone because Enoki is not so wide.
"here you go ! "
"Sorry, I have many reservation today"
I answer a lot of kind pattern.
Sometime the customer not convinced when I decline.
In recent years the number of foreign visitors has increased in the area of Nonbei-Yokocho.
Of course it is nice to have more customers.
Unfortunately there are a lot of people who open the door of the shop without hesitating to enter the restaurant suddenly.
Outside of noren curtain, taking pictures without taking permission, shooting pictures inside the shop, grabbing noren curtain, pulling noren curtain.
It may be a cultural difference, but I feel very sorry to feel a little bad manners.
I think they should study Japanese culture more.
And by continuing to communicate this culture, we believe that real hospitality "Omotenasi" can be made, more pleasant travels and more delightful people will be joined.
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