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拾う人々の多種多用なタクシー | Various taxis people can choose
急ぎ自宅へ、ハ~~イ .タクシー と、手を上げ車の中へ入り、シートベルトのチエック
Before midnight, I checked the closing of Enoki and finished my work safely that day.
I go back home by taxi usually.
"Hey taxi," I raised my hand, took a stopped taxi, and fastened my seat belt.
As soon as I told him where I was going, the driver spoke to me.
"Could I tell today's unlucky story? There was something I couldn't believe today.
I was denied boarding by as many as 17 customers!
This is the first time since I became a taxi driver. I wanted to quit this company for today only. Thank you for riding anyway! "
I was wondering why so many 17 people hated his taxi. It's an ordinary taxi no matter where I look.
I asked him why his taxi was rejected.
Apparently, his taxi is a conventional sedan type,
but since about three years ago, small minivan-type taxis from "Japan Taxi", which makes it easy for luggage to enter and the interior space feels wide, have gradually increased in Tokyo.
He said with a stern look that he might be out of business with an old-fashioned type of car like him, as a new driver chooses a car that is popular with customers and operates as a taxi.
After that, the driver also seemed to feel calm.
I arrived at home and told him before getting off.
"Mr, you were unlucky today. Due to the recession caused by the coronavirus, I can understand you would like to sell as much as possible, but please do your best with a good smile and welcome customers."
He also smiled and left.
In my personal opinion, rather than choosing the shape of the car, I'm more concerned about how well the room is cleaned the moment I get in.
Also, I think how much a driver knows good way to arrive, having professional awareness when I tell them where to go and making customers feel comfortable while they drive.
Nearly 50% of taxi drivers these days feel that many drivers don't have professionalism.
It's a bit of a strict word... but I hope try to do their best.
転職 "Change his job"
A regular customer, Mr. K quit the company he had worked for a long time a few years ago.
He got a hunting license to bacame a hunter.
Now, He is moving to Niigata for hunting due to the growing number of wild boars and deers.
The hunting season is closed until mid-November.
In the meantime, I heard he is doing agriculture.
He has little experience in farming and says it is difficult, but he says he could learn how to do farming one by one from the local people.
Plow the fields and plant vegetables with all his might.
Fresh green foliage, mountains as far as the eye can see, quiet rural areas, everyday continues learning.
He said if you are farming, you will want the manpower.
If there was even one young and motivated person, it would change.
Although it was a short vacation in Tokyo, Mr. K went to a nearby drive as a filial piety to his parents, and after eating a delicious meal, he also appeared on my Enoki too.
Mr. K will return to Niigata from tomorrow and will do his best.
長引くコロナ禍 Prolonged effect of coronavirus
My life encounters something big every decade.
However, this Covid-19 situation is my first experience, which is different from usual.
As a result of the increase in the number of people infected with coronaviruses around the world, companies have changed their work style reforms as work from home is the main focus.
I think the number of “little bite and tipsy” and “meeting with colleagues” after working is greatly reduced.
In the meantime, in the past half a year, the number of customers who visit my Enoki has decreased too, I will try to change even if it is small things.
I will think about what to make by mid-September.
Thoughts from working from home and remote work.
I hear that the influence of the disparity is starting to appear, depending on whether or not the leader has the determination power.
Do leaders value the people on site?
Sometimes I want people to come to real places such as my Enoki.
Remind that there are many new discoveries in counter communication with people who do not know at all.
「気分転換....」 "A nice change of pace"
7月23~26日 4日間の連休 今年は迷ったが、 気持ちの切り替に京都へ~足を運ぶ
4 days consecutive holiday from July 23 to 26.
I was considering if I could go on a trip or not, I went to Kyoto to get fresh air.
Kyoto in July!
Every summer in Kyoto is so humid with no wind there!
However, in July of this year, there was no Gion festival and there were few people.
Kyoto had a relatively refreshing climate.
Charm of Kyoto for me.
First... I can enjoy dishes made with seasonal ingredients.
Every year, I really look forward to eating seasonal dishes!
Second ... If you want to give a gift to somebody, there are many attractive items in a small shop.
Third... I don't do much sightseeing, but I can feel the beautiful scenery of Japan if I go to the historical places from time to time.
After finishing my dinner for two and a half hours with a friend that night, I walked down the street to the station.
There was another face I didn't want to see in the streets that I couldn't understand in Kyoto during the day.
Due to the influence of coronavirus, there were very few tourists and I could enjoy the quiet Kyoto for a long time, but many restaurants are difficult to operate only at night.
I was impressed by how hard every restaurant staff worked day and night.
Now, I'll go back to Tokyo and try to do my best.
「コロナウイルスによっての雑談」 "Some chats about coronaviruses"
離婚が増え、事業の破産が増えてるとの話…あら ~~ 大変!!
After 2 months of refraining from opening my restaurant Enoki, we opened after a long time.
Mr. E, a regular customer, came immediately.
And he said.
“I felt bored drinking at home for two months self-restraint period. Eating delicious food, talking with other people at the counter seat and drinking. I thought it is so important for me.''
I thought of it as brain activation(lol)
Next is a chat with a young lawyer.
"With the refraining from going out by Covid-19, crimes have decreased.
However, it seems that divorces are increasing and business bankruptcies are increasing."
It's a hard time.
I think that every time a major accident occurs every decade, the evolution of each person is being questioned.
No matter what happens, I always try to win myself with a positive way of life.
From two months of self-restraint to this June, Enoki is still 40% less people than usual.
None of the regular customers were slim down I've met after self-restraint period. Lol.
Many people have a little plump around their stomachs....Be careful about your health.
いつのまにか..カラッポ!! 時計を見ると、夜中12:00 あら~もうこんな時間
It is a two-month self-restraint period due to coronavirus.
I have finished reading 7 books while quarantine myself..
I am worried about lack of exercise and continue to do stretching exercises every day.
Nowadays I'm getting tired of eating at home.
I decided to go to my friend's soba restaurant.
Looking up at the refreshing blue sky with beautiful fresh green while walking, it was just lunch time, so there were lunch delivery bikes and bicycles in front of some houses.
After 25 minutes on foot, I arrived at my friend's Soba restaurant.
I want to contribute to sales as much as possible, and order beer, many appetisers, and shochu.
How drunk was I! Drinking during the daytime is quick to get drunk!
After that, I went an Izakaya I have been visiting for 20 years. It's a 25 minute walk to another direction.
Evening 5pm, It seems that the number of staff is limited, and there are only 6 people including the kitchen staff.
We talked about the current situation with the staff.
I ate a lot as well as Soba restaurant to contribute to sales as well.
I tried to call my friend.
When I greet by phone, "Good evening, Mr.○○ "
Mr. ○○ replied, "Good morning! What time is it right now? Isn't it this morning !?"
Some people are completely confused about the distinction between morning and night (lol)
It's understandable that the feeling of morning and evening and day of the week shifts when there is no work and cannot go out.
I am glad to make an online call with a close friend once a week.
During the video, it's as if we were in an Enoki shop.
I had a bottle of wine and Scotch whiskey both sides of me, and we decided a few points to talk, but two hours passed and the wine Before I knew it, it was empty!
Looking at the clock, it was midnight. I had to sleep.
After the video conversation, I slept with "Good night".
「なが~~い連休」 "Long long holidays"
部屋の品物を、5/1 に分け......置物の1ケ所全部取り出し、思い切り捨てるものと誰かに プレゼント へ …結構楽しい
そう云えば、勤務時代、何が一番 皆より仕事が早く 覚えたか…と??
そんな中、 朝一番倉庫へ行き"自ら " かたずけ" を始めた。
Since the latter half of March, the number of customers has decreased due to the coronavirus, and finally the emergency declaration was issued.
Enoki is refraining from opening.
If someone told, "Please stay home, nowhere to go", it's not a pain to stay home for me.
However, if there is no income, I should refraining foods.
Is there no help for it ??
What are you going to do at home?
If I don't move body, my circadian rhythm will change!
I looked around the room.
Let's start by keeping the house well organized and tidy.
Everything in the room was sorted into what was thrown away, what was given to someone, and what was needed.
By the way, when I used to work as an office worker, I wondered what was the job I remembered the fastest before anyone else.
There was "Keep things tidy" poster on the wall.
However no one tidy up to warehouse in the company.
Meanwhile, I went to the warehouse first thing in the morning and started cleaning up.
Each item was sorted out, and set the location for what kind of item to put there.
As I continued cleaning up, I remembered that I could understand the contents of my work faster, and that there was a difference in business performance from other people.
During this self-quarantine time, the children can not go to school and they have to stay home long time.
I would like parents to teach them how to tidy up.
It gives them more creativity and a better idea.
『電車の中で眠るのは危険』 "Dangerous to sleep on a train"
S氏の 良い点 性格が良し 穏やかで我慢強い
In early March, a regular customer Mr S called me for a reservation!
"Mama, are you open now?"
I answered, "Of course, it's okay."
In the uneasy days when the coronavirus is spreading to the world.
After a company meeting and a drink of beer with a colleague,
He said he wanted to see Mom's face because he was nearby from Enoki.
Good points of Mr. S;
Good personality, Gentle and patient
Bad points of Mr. S;
Drink too much and fall asleep on the train and lost the way to get back home.
(However, I think most of the drinkers have experienced like it. lol)
He drank a lot that day as usual, after chatting with other customers and looking sideways, Mr. S's face seemed sleepy.
I thought he will definitely go around the Yamanote line again.
So I came up with
"I want to get off at 〇〇 station! Please wake me up when arrive! ! " On the back of the business card and put it in the card holder.
To make it easier to see, I put into his chest pocket.
The next day, Mr. S called and reported that he was able to return home safely.
I asked someone wake you up,
"I was not sure but probably I think someone wake me up... for some reasons there was a card holder in my suit pocket. I am wondering." he said.
Maybe this idea is good!
大阪 京都の食べ歩き | Eating around in Osaka and Kyoto
Around November last year, I was planning to go to Osaka and Kyoto
However, this year, news reports the new coronavirus found from Wuhan,
China, spread quickly throughout Asia, and that humans were
transmitted from person to person every day in Japan.
Despite I concerns, I decided to fly to Osaka as scheduled.
I unexpected the plane flying to Itami Airport was full.
I heard that Kansai area was raining, but when I got off the airport
there was wonderful fine weather.
At night, I went to Kita-ku, Osaka to had a new year's greeting with
friends we met for the first time this year.
We had delicious puffer fish dishes.
The next day, we went to Kyoto.
Although there were some foreigners from Western countries but almost
no foreigners. I felt different as usual.
In the morning, I joined tour the Shugakuin Imperial Villa where I
made a reservation.
I walked about 1 hour on the visit courses of the lower house, the
middle house and the upper house three imperial palaces.
The spacious natural garden was beautiful.
In some places, I also met people who rented farmland and worked on
As soon as it rained during the tour and the wind was blowing, it
stopped immediately and the sun came out.
Because there was close to Mt. Hiei, and I felt that the weather on
the mountain was variable.
We enjoyed kaiseki cuisine at night.
We were able to enjoy quiet Kyoto after a long time.
新型コロナウイルス "New coronavirus"
A new type of coronavirus that develops from Wuhan, China.
In Japan, the number of infected people is increasing every day.
The masks are running out of stock.
The number of Chinese tourists has dropped sharply.
Japanese tourism industry has been hit hard.
I am worried about the Tokyo Olympics as well which will be held this year.
To protect yourself, wash your hands, gargle, and eat enough food and
I just hope settle down quickly as possible.
「人材とは」 "Human resources"
If you're a theoretical type ...
People who speak logically look better.
Conversely, lf you are a type that acts without thinking too much,
The same type of person looks good for you.
If you are self-centered and have the strongest desire to be yourself,
you will not notice the achievements and strengths of people, so you
will notice only defects.
"People can only evaluate people on their own scale"
After all, the “eyes” to find human resources are the ability to see
the strengths of humans.
I learned a lesson from my teacher
「食べ、飲み過ぎ注意」 | "Pay attention to eating and drinkimg too much"
It was raining in Tokyo that day, but when I arrived in Nagoya, there
was sunny at 25 degrees Celsius.
The purpose of trip is to get to the eel restaurant “Koraiken” with a
friendly boss. The restaurant is his reccomend.
We went sightseeing until dinner time.
First, I went to Nagoya Castle!
We drank a beer on the bench at around the castle.
When we noticed that we were chatting for a long time while drinking
beer, it was time for the sunset.
When we rushed to the main gate of the castle, the contrast between
the castle and the sunset was very beautiful.
I heard the camera shutter sound was echoing.
After leaving Nagoya Castle, I took a walk around “Kin shachi Yokocho”
that opened last year.
After that, we went to Atsuta Jingu by subway.
There was famous shrine but when I arrived it was already dark and I
couldn't see well.
We hurried to see a 1,000-year-old tree in the precincts.
I was a little tired because we walked well , but dinner was the
purpose of this trip.
We walked again to eat "Hitsumabushi".
When we arrived at the restaurant, many people were lining up!
Thanks to the boss, we were taken to a private room and had an eel course meal.
We all enjoyed champagne and wine, special ingredients and courses.
After about 2 hours, hitsumabushi is came finally.
The condiment is full and delicious, but I was already full of course
food and alcohol. I decided to take it away.
After that, lightly drink gin at the bar. . . An hour has passed.
The boss had a lot of treats and we returned to the hotel.
After check in, I felt heavy stmachache.
I took a pill, tried into bed but I couldn't sleep.
I vomited after 3 o'clock in the morning.
Delicious food came out from the my mouth!
I went to the bathroom three times ... It ’s the worst.
But when I woke up my stomach was so refreshing that I couldn't believe it.
If you tell a friend that I vomited in the late night
“The invited boss spent 20,000 -30,000 yen per person! you can’t tell him.”
I agreed (lol)
記憶 | Memory
It’s 33 years have passed since I opened Enoki.
The first year of opening I thought I was able to clear the game.
After that, I worked hard except Sunday.
I was dedicated to making customers every day until 1am or 2am. Since I was young at that time, besides I had confidence in my physical strength.
I went back home at 2 o'clock late night and got up at 8 o'clock the next morning, went to the market, read newspapers, and gathered information every day.
At that time, there were few foreign customers coming to Nonbei Yokocho and there were no other shops corresponded to them except my Enoki.
some international students, student families, and journalists came to the Enoki that time.
They had introduced other foreign customers, Enoki increased customer gradually.
They came from far away countries and I asked how many days they would stay for hospitality.
Sometimes we met in front of Tsukiji Honganji at 7 o'clock in the morning and ate sushi at the fish market.
How many years have we been with that person?
And ... I remembered the past.
Last month, he and his family came from Scotland after 28 years from first time!
He asked me, “Chizuru-san, do you remember me?”
While they were in Japan, I thought nostalgic for talking about wedding celebrations and going to dinner with them.
Actually we couldn’t remember the details after a long time.
However, I was very happy that I was impressed that they told about me to their two children.
Many family members will be visiting the Enoki in the future.
It sounds so fun!!
ワールドカップ.ラクビー | "Rugby World Cup"
I watched the Rugby World Cup, the A-Group game, and Scotland vs. Samoa at Kobe.
Typhoon No. 18 was coming to Okinawa that day.
It was influenced that Kobe was hot and no wind at 30 degrees during the day.
A large-scale game of 30,000 people in the hall, most impressive was the appearance of many men wearing Scottish national costumes Scottish quilts.
Before and after that, the subway train was filled with people.
Before going up to the ground, I could heard sound of Scottish Bagpipe musical instruments.
Which do you think I support?
I was cheering for Samoa!
There were a lot of injuries of players could not be tried and the heat and the humid. . .
The beer hydrated the throat for us.
Unfortunately, Samoa lost without getting one point.
Samoa will be playing against Japan this weekend.
What about the battle in humid Japan?
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.
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