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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.
グリーン車のサービス / Green car service
朝 1番の出張 先...? 2時間余り新幹線に揺られて地方へ...しかも日帰り.......
う~ん「 おしぼりだけ」攻めて「お茶&コーヒ一 位 一杯出しても悪くないのでは?
A general salaried worker is going to the company on a train of commuting rush in the morning.
In the company he is chased by work and he heard bustling noise in Tokyo cities.
Sometimes he got on the first bullet train in the morning and travels to the suburban city or the rural area.
Even if it takes two hours one way, it could be a day trip.
If he pays himself, even if the company does not accept reimbursment, he thoughts he should to ride the green car (Business class on bullet train).
If have a seat on green-car would be able to extend the body and rest my mind.
A woman 's crew brings a seat check and towel.
It is an individual thought, but because it takes a long time to ride, he wanted "a cup of tea or coffee at least" rather than toweling at least.
But if do such a service, not difficult to suppose some people who ordered too much drink . . .
日本画とアイリッシュハープ | T, Keisuke & tomoko
T, Keisuke & tomoko
Mrs. Tomoko of the wife
She is an artist of Japanese style painting. Her parents are also artists, so she enjoyed painting from her childhood. She started Japanese style painting after she enter the University.
She also draw illustrations of children's stories and picture books.
There is also an activity that imitates the picture scroll of the "Genji-Monogatari".
Mr. Keisuke of husband
He is a Japanese from Kyoto but he is an Irish harp player.
It is an artist working hard with the performance, research, production and education of the "metal string Irish harp" tradition discontinued at the end of the 19th century while having the tradition of 1000 years.
It is a couple who will come to my "Enoki" from 5 or 6 years ago.
I went to the concert of Keisuke 's harp four years ago.
When I heard harp for the first time, I was very moved by how beautiful sounds.
Last month, I went an exhibition of Japanese paintings by Tomoko at the gallery in Shibuya, so I watched the work for the first time.
Tomoko's Japanese style paintings were drawn behind Keisuke's hand-made metal strings harp, and I was impressed.
The sounds of Keisuke's harp and Tomoko's fantastic Japanese painting are paired.
I found some lovely cats in her painting. I regconised she is their cat!
The cat seems to be saying "I am an actress."
It was a very wonderful exhibition.
She does solo exhibitions domestically three or four times a year, and there are also solo exhibitions abroad.
I was impressed by the wonderful couple who are also having harp classes and Japanese painting classes.
初夏の昆虫 | Early summer insects
From the early summer to the autumn the season will change.
In a small forest behind my restaurant, I see a variety of insects briefly in the early summer such as ladybugs, lizards, snails, mantis, grasshoppers.
In the middle of the night, geckos appear on the walls of my restaurant.
They are waiting chance to eat the flying insect pests.
But when I go out in the daytime, I often see the gecko died by straycats bite .
In August, It seems that the characteristic of Camel Cricket resembling the cricket seems to prefer "a place with high humidity."
It is a place where temperature and humidity are high in the my restaurant where many people.
Appears somewhere in the shop, and occasionally it fly to human clothes.
In early September, the barks that many voice of cicadas were mixed, sometimes the voice disappeared the following day.
After the cicada disappears, bell crickets and crikets are chirping at night, and listening to insects' voices while watching the Mid Autumn moon and Japnaese pampas grasses will heal my heart.
Every year I bury a lot of insect carcasses in the earth.
I say "You should born again." and pray for them every time.
Even if the climate of the earth goes wrong, when the season comes, the insects surely reveal their appearance.
I feel the strength of life.
場を読む "Read between the lines"
When I went to my favorite sushi restaurant, the counter seats were full on that day.
A young man came in and waited for the vacant seat for about ten minutes.
After that, since 4-5 seats were available, the sushi chef said 'please seat this seat' to me but the young guy was guided to the seat on the opposite side.
A lady was sitting next to the place.
It looks like you are ordering sushi, but she had hot tea and somehow she was reading a book.
When a young man sat there, that lady glares at him and says something to herself.
If I looked at such a figure with my friend, after few minutes, his face expressed "disgusting aunt" to her.
We looked unpleasant to his face, I told him about the situation to the sushi chef and tell him to sit down because we are nearby.
He quickly took off his seat and sat down next to us.
"I wanted to leave my seat because that lady said me something bad. Thank you very much for calling me here! "
He appriciated to us.
After that woman left in less than five minutes after he moved his seat.
For customers visiting alone, the satisfaction level of the shop changes depending on whether there is a particular voice or attentiveness.
The sushi chef in the counter is working to make ordered sushi, but that is not all.
I thought that there are many things to learn by replacing such appearance with myself.
責任感の強い紳士 "A gentleman with a strong sense of responsibility"
From 1947 to 1949 after the end of the war, Japan was a baby boom.
When people of that generation retired away from the company, the manner of eating and drinking styles changed considerably.
Mr. S is one of that generation.
He always told the freshman "Go for drinking" once a week when the work finished, and the freshman also obviously entered obediently.
His juniors poured his' favorite beer into the glass.
Mr S always said "I worked my best this week," he took a drink of beer at once.
They drink a lot and talked about failures in work, dissatisfaction of human relations and exchange of opinions.
After ate the dinner, they always wanted to go Karaoke!
I have been watching the appearance of leaving the store for decades.
They went 2, 3 bar hopping every weekend where they did not return home.
By the time the last train ceased, somehow he came back to my shop who first went with the same member.
They confirmed the time to me as they got drunk and laughing.
"What time is it? Eh ~ I thought that it was around 11 o'clock yet? What? "
Looking closely, the suit became wrinkled, the white shirt protruded from the pants, and anyone looked drunk regardless of how it looked.
He alreasy missed last train so I ask if I go home by taxi and I remember Mr. S's way back home while saying "I will stay at a nearby capsule hotel today."
2 or 3 years ago, Mr.S retired from the company who finally worked for more than 40 years.
He always drinking and back late, however the work was his first priority.
Every morning, he took a first train, then work 8-10 hours then back his home by train took 1.5 hours!
He continued it 40 years.
I think that it is a very splendid thing.
Right now, I will come to Shibuya once a month for a good companion and a drinking party.
But he seems to have decided to take a taxi to go home.
After retirement, he seems to be working as a volunteer for the living area.
It is hard work.
ラクロス、ワールドカップ "Lacrosse World Cup"
目標 7/22 決勝戦のフイルドに立つ事
About ten years ago, a woman who speaks lively and bright Kansai dialect has visited a friend.
Her atmosphere is an active woman.
When they listened, they told me that sports it is also doing "Lacrosse".
I had never seen Lacrosse, so I decided to visit her game several times and I got along with her.
In 2007, she was nominated for Japan's first female professional player!
However, she was suffering about it.
I advised her "It is important to dare to survive the life you do not regret."
Next year, in 2008, she went to Australia and started living while traveling back and forth between Japan and Australia.
Unfortunately the World Cup in Canada four years ago was not chosen as the Australia national team because of lack of language, culture, aggressiveness and so on.
However, this year, She belonged to a strong teams who overcame many difficulties and had a high level and was chosen as the representative of Australia national team!!
The Lacrosse World Cup in London starting from12th to 22th of July this month.
The powerful 28 countries aim for the world's best.
Last week when she came to the shop, she came to tell me.
Her aims field of the final game on July 22.
I also want to firmly support her from Japan.
Yukiyo Yamada Go for it! You can do it!
『横丁 赤ちょうちん』 "Red lantern in Yokocho"
Shibuya's Nenbei Yokocho has a remnant as a market eating and drinking area in 1948 after the Second World War.
The izakaya has a feature. The red lantern under the eaves.
The word "red lantern" refers to a pub/Izakaya in Japanese.
In 50's, every shops had no individual features and they all had the same style.
I think this point is the reason why young people didn't come Yokocho.
Only some of them go to the shops after work and reflect on the their day with plenty of alchol drink.
To their family who waits at home, they pretend as "Sorry for returning after drinking every night ..." .
The appearance of a salaried worker who hangs take away sushi of the souvenir and go back home by the late train, this is the feature of the regular customer at red lantern pub there were.
Along with the times, the red lantern pub is easy to enter the younger generation, and even a single woman can come to drink.
The number of shops each with its own personality is increasing, but unfortunately the idea of the owner does not differ much from 60 years ago.
Since all the features of the trend are the same style, customers who come as regulars are limited.
Business is effort, patience, study.
I will not succeed unless training and polish yourself, not others.
無銭飲食者 | Dine and Dash
There was a bit of happening around the tenth year after opening my restaurant Enoki.
He was a gentleman in late 40's who had sitting in a seat near the stairs.
He ordered beer and some foods with a smile, talking casually with customers next door.
After drinking for a while, my shop didn't have a own restroom so he went outdoor shared restroom in Nonbei Yokocho.
He came back in a few minutes, he orderd a bottle of whiskey and said wanted to keep it.
He drank a few cups of that whiskey and went to the toilet again.
After that, he didn't return after more than 10 minutes.
No way. . . I am worried, I went to the toilet but no one is here anymore.
He went home without paying any money!
It was fooled deeply.
3 years later, a familiar person came to my shop again.
He ordered beer with a smile, and the place where he sat down was coincidentally the same place as bilk of 3 years ago.
I observed him carefully.
I felt that the face of the culprit at that time was similar to the conversation and gesture.
After eating two bottles of beers and foods, he went out to the toilet.
I was anxious, Then I consulted a regular customer.
"I think that the first toilet will come back, but if you go out to the second toilet, will you go back to the shop or not go back? Let's make a signal by ascertaining. "
He said so and we dicided cooperate.
A few minutes later, that person came back from the toilet and drank beer again.
And after 30 minutes, he went restroom second time, so I asked regular customers to see where he went out.
He went to out, but didn't enter the toilet, he turned around the way and ran away!!
Two people who were watching behind chased him and caught a criminal.
I confirmed the contents of his purse, but he didn't have any money.
Although there was never a crime of dine and dash,
The training "to learn, observe attitudes, carefully listen to the story" is important!
京都桂離宮 / Kyoto Katsura Rikyu
京都 の 西に面している「桂離宮」のチケットがとれたので
I got tickets for public open day of "Katsura Rikyu" (Katsura Imperial Villa) on the west side of Kyoto, I went to Kyoto.
From Shijo Station to Hankyu Karasuma station a few minutes on foot, take the Hankyu train and get off at Katsura station.
That time was lunch time, I bought rice balls and some foods inside the station on the premise that we will eat in the park of Katsura Rikyu.
When we arrived at the Katsura Rikyu, there was a sign for "ban on bringing in food".
There was no choice, we walked for about 15 minutes while it was raining, decided to go along the river nearby and eat the foods we bought in the downhill area.
When I sitting on a plastic bag with two friends, I suddenly heard a shadow from the bushes.
At the moment when I turned around looking back, a small snake was following the frog!
Wow! Snakes and frogs! But it's cute!
When saying "Hey," the snake and the frog stopped moving and was looking at my face for 1.2 minutes.
The serpent disappeared in the bushes, but the frog kept moving and watching me.
"Frog - you must hide somewhere soon, you will be eaten from snakes"
I made it to the bushes next to the river.
Friends who were watching that appearance, they seem to be completely uninterested by eating.
Snake and frog were bad for them.
誕生日 / The birthday
In January, many of visitors who come to my restaurant are ski lovers and travelers from overseas with families.
Parents enjoy skiing and children enjoy snowboarding as well.
When I ask "Why do you choose Japan for skiing?", everybody say Japan's snow quality is wonderful.
There are hot springs in the vicinity of many ski resorts in Japan, local meal is also delicious, the best snow quality are good.
One day, a traveler with an overseas family member came my plave, but i had to declined to seat because shop was full.
However, they said "we would like to return! can we make a reservation tomorrow?".
Of course OK!
Then, the next day five families came to Enoki.
They came to Japan for the first time, and it got excited with the story of skiing.
The father secretly told me that today is his daughter 's birthday.
He was asked me I have champagne or not yesterday,
I come up father's wants to celebrate.
As in any country,the father care of thier daughter 's birthday, in particular.
An attentive regular customer sitting by the side went to buy the cake quickly. .
We gave sparkling wine from Enoki!
Everyone chorus Happy Birthday ~
Words are differrent, but I sang the same song and it made a fun birthday.
I am happy if you can enjoy it for the first time in Japan.
I would like to cherish the customers where ever from.
『年賀はがき』 "Nengajou(New Year's greeting cards)"
枚数は減っても年賀状って改めて ”日本の文化” と感じる。
I feel that people who send New Year 's cards with the times gradually became fewer, but I received more than 150 New Year' s cards this year as well.
Family pictures, wedding pictures, pictures of children growing, pictures with pets such as dogs and cats, photographs of grandchildren, photographs of all family members .......
Also message from 82 years old man. he is still active!
and message from old customer, My husband gone, I can't visit Enoki nowadays, but my daughter and son continued to go to Enoki and thanked them for telling me the topics of the people of Enoki ...
Reading New Year 's cards one by one, it makes me laugh, touching my heart, sad and feel so happy.
I realized again my little Izakaya Enoki has the magical treasure.
Even if the number of cards is reduced, the New Year 's cards is "Japanese culture" truly.
Incidentally, Enoki's New Year' s cards are drawn by a professional cartoonist.
it is expressing expressions of zodiac signs richly with good smile.
This cards are receive favorable reviews from my customers.
Finally, everyone, thank you again last year.
Have fun with Enoki restaurant and me as same as last year!
『地道な商売』 "Steady work"
I know a shop of a long-established restaurant that has been in operation for 62 years.
In addition, this restaurant in a foreign country.
Owner Madam opened up the restaurant after parents divorced.
The goal of a owner who is invisible to 82 years old "I want to continue this shop for 100 years."
She looks so young.
The every staff work there as long duration as the shops.
There are a variety of shops at this time, and owners have various characteristics.
Even though it is nothing special, it is good to balance the lives of people, goods and money.
I like her down-to-earth thinking.
Be linked by fate, I have relation with them long long time.
I really respect her but I will not do anything like imitating other shops.
First of all I thank you for having a pleasant new years morning.
I will do my best in health this year.
My dream is to continue the sign of the Enoki for 100 years too.
「健康な秘訣」 "The secret of health"
I have heard some marginal village have only 20 households in deep the mountains.
The oldest person is 95 years old grandma in there.
She has been agriculture for over 70 years.
Although the waist is bent by aging, she is very lively and energetic woman.
There is no need to ask men to help with heavy luggage.
I heard that new residents live in this village.
Besides, a foreigner!
The community center which had been close for decades, were refurbished so that they could live sense 4-5 years ago.
The village recruiting new residents, and they moved in.
There are plenty of rooms in the house, but the coldness of winter is very severe because of the mountains.
Despite such a climate, eldest woman is going to work in the field every day, whether cold or hot.
To the foreigners of the new residents, she left many foods in front of the entrance and return home.
She takes a blunt attitude but very kind.
I think she has healthy body and mind truely.
Need to being physically active at all times like her.
仲良し家族 / A close family
He is 49 years old in prime in life a father of a five family with three children (two daughters and one son).
The eldest daughter who is 18 years old this year decided to go to a vocational college of cooking without going to a regular high school at the time of junior high school.
He was born in Nagasaki prefecture in Kyushu.
Every time he goes home to his parents house, the dishes his mother makes for his grandchild are not hamburg steak, but traditional fish "Nitsuke" (simmered fish in sweetened soy sauce) were the main.
The eldest daughter who received the benefit is good at cleaning fishes same as her grandma.
One day he finishes his work and as he goes home, eldest daughter was told him to take a bath earlier.
When he got out of the bath, the eldest daughter prepared dinner for him.
She said, "When I went shopping today horse mackerel from Nagasaki was good price, so I thought that I want my father to eat Aji no Tataki(Finely Chopped Horse Mackerel Sashimi)".
She also deep fried horse mackerel bone to make Honesenbei(fried fish bone) for appetizer.
She cooked all it for him without a place to throw away a horse mackerel.
He was very moved by the eldest daughter's growing.
文化の長屋 | Culture of Japanese style row house
To customers who came for the first time in Enoki, Many people asked same questions me frequently.
How long have you been open this restaurant?
The answer is. . .
It has been started 31 years sinse I opend.
Some young customer said "we weren't born yet.... "
The history of this store longer than their life.
This is interesting.
Nowadays many foreign customers come to Japan.
Look back and foreign customers from 1987 began to come to my place.
They taken a leave of absence from college, it was the foreigners who come to the internship of one year to Japanese companies.
Time they started out in my shop, Shibuya Station of the scramble crossing was quiet.
Currently worldwide famous Shibuya scramble crossing but that time building has no screen, no music.
The number of people over once the intersection I think it was about 100 people.
In my "Nonbei Yokocho" arrive at a 2-minute walk from the station in the same as now,
People can see the night of neon at night, would have heard the guitar sound of the strolling musician.
The strolling musician entered to each Izakaya in row house.
He asked playing guiter and sing with customer.
Some drunk people try to sing Enka(Japanese traditional songs) together with him. Their song neither good nor bad.
However they look happy.
A gentleman, for the first time to customers who have been coming to the store to Enoki, treat a cup of drink, did a hospitality.
We have seen another 30 years or more the appearance of bare human.
Once aware of social position, not to be a regular customer.
The era is rapidly changed.
However, young people and foreiner interested in my Enoki of a small row house same way as 30years ago.
「年輪と身体」/ "Annual ring and the body"
Japanese men especially from thirties to fifties work hard.
They use sensitive sense to their customer as well as their boss and co-workers.
Frequency to drink a drink in the relationship of the work is also high.
Some people smoke bad tobacco on the body while drinking.
Alcohol and smoking are based also on of each human constitution,
but definitly not possible to assert a good thing 100% health.
It is not only men's problem. Some women are smoker as well.
When I tried to compare the people who do not smoke and people
who are smoking, clearly skin is dry after decades of smoking.
Every smokers think "I want to quit smoking"
but it is not easy to quit because it became a habit.
Recently, my friend lady of smokers breathing became painful.
She has continued to smoke almost 50 years!
Now she quit smoking for her body, but it also has become a source of stress.
She has not smoking 2 months now.
However she has to struggle with the desire to desire and her health she want to smoke every day.
下手なゴルフ、けれど楽しいスポーツ | Poor play golf, but fun sport
MALAYSIA KELAB GOLF
I experienced the golf in Malaysia recently.
Early morning 6:00AM, We went to MALAYSIA KELAB GOLF.
Our car went to smooth before dawn.
After I arrived at the golf course, we had coconut drink, a breakfast of Malaysian cuisine.
Although grass was wet because it was raining last night rain, the course was good.
Sky gradually bright at 7:00 am, we started golf.
It was a very refreshing climate in the morning.
Friends were around the course together was also good golf play.
We played the 9th round without a break, and the next 10th round was a difficult course.
Completely rising the sun around 10am, the sun is very hot, the wind was not blowing.
It was very hot...
Come out words is just "hot".
Water of 2L bottle went rapidly entered into the throat.
Humidity might lower the be from Japan, I thought it was different from the heat of summer in Japan.
We could not have conversation slightly by heat.
Also we could not care about the score.
It was finally a break in front of the remaining two holes.
Coconut juice was very delicious drank at that time, made me be energetic.
Then the result is ... secret!
My weakness is the approach shot. I was a lack of practice.
However it was fun after a long time of golf with friends!
I want to do the golf again without any discourage.
Man of about 50 years of age who come frequently to my restaurant is very busy man.
Always on a business trip in the company instruction, he doesn't go back to the home more than half of the month.
I am glad that he came to "Enoki" after work sometimes.
One day, he has reunited with his son is working nearby Enoki after 6 months.
Other regulars had seen that reunion, one of 50's man took contact to his daughter as "Come to Enoki because there is good young man."
His daughter was coming to the store really after 20 minutes.
She is a very cute!
Then, an another regular customer called his son too!
His son was also coming to the store.
Three sets of parent-child drink together first time.
It was very exciting.
Fathers faces are tired at work usually but this time had a really good face.
Also each child was really gentle and wonderful.
I really understand they care about their dad.
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