I always knew that I could improve on hospitality, but to be honest, I didn't think I was doing all that bad.... Until I went to Japan. Haha! It was not a surprise to me that hospitality is a huge part of Japanese culture, but experiencing it first hand was truly touching and life changing.
Step One: Cleanse
Lets be honest, the main sushi we had before our trip consisted of California rolls or some variation, but nothing too crazy. Still, I love the freshness of sushi. The mix of textures, colors, and the salty tingle of the soy sauce. I was so excited to eat sushi in Japan and my excitement was not misplaced. An impressive spread was ordered for us and we first enjoyed the warm towel that was delivered to us.
Step Two: Appetize
When my friends asked if there was anything we especially wanted to eat while we were in Japan, of course I stated 2 of the obvious: Ramen and Sushi! I don't care if that was predictable, it was true.
While they intended to welcome us to Japan with sushi, their favorite restaurant was closed by the time our flight landed, soooo they started us off with Ramen. It was extra comforting as I had been fairly sick (I really think it was bronchitis) for a good part of this trip.
Turns out Fukuoka is pretty famous for Ramen! And it turns out, Ramen actually originated in China, not Japan. Who knew?! You do now!
Because we were going south to Fukuoka for just a few days and flying on Jetstar, we only wanted and needed small bags. We had one larger piece of luggage which we left at the airport.
For short term and convenience this is a nice option.
I have to admit, though, we were a little confused at first about how to use these lockers. We had never used airport lockers anywhere before, let alone in Japan.
We frantically asked the western-looking people next to us, but they spoke little English. A nice Japanese young man came over and helped us despite not speaking English. Don't you love when strangers are kind?
I do! (Remember to always be a kind stranger.. And you're always a stranger to someone, so... we can reduce that statement down to "Remember to always be kind" ;-) What do you think? I like it!)
After a long flight into Narita Airport, I was groggy and had to pee... bad. I rushed into the nearest bathroom at the airport and was delighted to see that I beat the lines - one stall open! SCORE!!!
I ran into the stall and shut the door in one swift motion and then... froze. I looked down and this was all I could see:
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