Română/日本語

First week in Tokyo wast truly overwhelming.Even taking the train by myself seemed scary at first .I was thinking,what if I get lost in this huge city?I had no sim card to call someone and  taking a cab would’ve been out of question considering the price…But I couldn’t stay inside all the time so I started by exploring the surroundings of my dorm.As a well known Japanese proverb says  千里の道も一歩から senri no michi mo ippo kara Even a journey of a thousand  miles begins with the first step.

I landed in a konbini or Japanese convenience store for the first time.I think in Tokyo you can find one per square meter,that’s how popular they are in Japan…No, actually I found out that the total number of konbini in Japan  is that of 40,000 and I could write an entire post just about how much I love konbini and how convenient they actually are,but maybe later.

The great variety of products in all shapes and colors,the heaven of  Japanese sweets,matcha latte,coffee,bento lunch boxes,everything I could ever wish for.But there was this one product which I was desperately in need of and couldn’t find:SUGAR.I looked  here and there,but seeing that I can’t find it,I asked one of the emplyees there to help me.He got out from the cash register and showed three kinds of sugar to me.Later he remembered another kind of sugar that was in a different place and came to show that one to me as well.He was just too nice!It was my first experience with the great Japanese customer service so I couldn’t help but admire it.From there on,there were many similar experiences I’ve had in Japanese convenience stores and  not only.Hotel staff,waitresses,shop assistants,they were always with a big smile on their faces,willing to help customers with anything they needed.Never showing even a sign of boredoom.I truly came to understand the meaning of the Japanese proverb お客様は神様だ okyaku sama wa kami sama da-“Our customer is our lord”or “The customer is always right”.

View from my room
View from my room
A shop in the neighbourhood
A shop in the neighbourhood
Welcoming cat
Welcoming cat
First konbini goodies
  First konbini goodies
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