What a hot day!
Lots of people are probably saying this today, but it feels like summer has come early. It was so hot, and for some reason, there was no air conditioning on the JR train I took to come to the cafe. I hate to fall asleep and wake up in a hot train! Anyway, the cafe is nice and cool so I could finally feel comfortable once I got here. I hope you are all staying cool and hydrated as well!
One of our guests today is known as "a walking wikipedia" or "walkipedia" for short. You might have heard the phrase "he is a walking dictionary", which means someone who knows many words, but this guest knows lots of general information, just like the wikipedia website. Anyway, from him we learned about some Japanese history, geography, and culture. Even most of our Japanese guests learned something about Japanese culture! For example, did you know that Japanese shrines have a ranking? The highest ranking is "-jingu", the middle ranking shrines are "-taisha", and the lower ranking ones are "-sha". I'll remember this when I go to a shrine next time.
We also talked about good ways to make friends with people from other cultures. Of course, it's good to share your own culture, but also it is a good idea to learn about many other cultures so that you have a little bit of background information to have your conversation. Obviously, it's also important to be respectful and at least try to not be rude. There is a video on Youtube of a foreigner who stayed at a Japanese-style inn, and ate her traditional breakfast by mixing all the dishes together and putting it on her rice. She was told by her Japanese friend and also the staff that she shouldn't do it, but she did it anyway because she thought it was funny, or a way to show "this is how foreigners eat", but... in the end, I don't think many people laughed.
By the way, if I do something disrespectful by mistake, please tell me!
Let's take a look at some of the words that came up today, shall we?
inn: This is a place much like a hotel, but it's usually smaller, more comfortable, and with better service. A Japanese-style inn is known as a "ryokan", but regular inns are fairly common in The U.S.
corny(slang): This is an adjective used to talk about something that is very cliche or not funny. For example, if someone tells a joke that nobody laughs at, we can say "that's a corny joke".
telemarketers: These are people who call your home and try to sell you things like insurance or a new phone plan. In the U.S., they are very aggressive!
That's all for today. Have a great week!