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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Famous Restaurant in Japan Defends Rules against Foreigners / Update on life events (Got award from my company)

Ooh maaan. This blog thing is getting more difficult every time. I can't recall ever being this busy at any point in my life just with work.

In Jamaica I was busy with work and other activities. Now it's just work. And the pay ain't all that.



Japan Michelin-star sushi house defends foreigner rules

"(Non-Japanese) customers may not show up for their reservations," a member of staff at the restaurant said, adding employees do not have the foreign language proficiency to explain requirements to patrons.

A top notch Michelin-starred sushi restaurant in Tokyo on Monday defended its special reservation rules for foreigners after a report in Japan it had refused to accept a booking from a Chinese customer.
Sushi Mizutani, which has two of the coveted Michelin stars, told AFP it has an “across-the-board policy” of not accepting bookings by non-Japanese customers — unless they are made through a hotel concierge or a credit card company.
“(Non-Japanese) customers may not show up for their reservations,” a member of staff at the restaurant said, adding employees do not have the foreign language proficiency to explain requirements to patrons.
“We prepare fish for the number of expected customers and have to turn down other requests for booking sometimes. We simply cannot afford it if people don’t show up.
“We don’t think it is anything discriminatory,” he said.
The confirmation came after a report that the restaurant, located in Tokyo’s glitzy Ginza district, had refused to take a reservation for Chinese journalist Mo Bangfu.
Mo, a resident of Japan for 30 years who is fluent in Japanese, intended to host three guests at the high-end restaurant, where prices start at 20,000 yen ($168) per person, the Nikkan Gendai tabloid reported.
The magazine said that as soon as his secretary — a Japanese woman — told the restaurant Mo’s name and contact number, the person taking the booking suddenly changed his attitude and said “some arrangements were necessary” — indicating the reservation was not acceptable.
“We have an increasing number of cases in which people are abandoning their reservations,” a restaurant worker told AFP, adding Japanese-speaking customers are called for reconfirmation a few days before their reservation.
The number of foreign tourists coming to Japan has rocketed in recent years as the value of the yen has fallen and as tensions have eased between Beijing and Tokyo.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said he wants to attract 20 million foreign visitors a year by 2020, when Tokyo hosts the Olympics.
Despite decades of exposure to non-Japanese tourists, many facilities, even in cosmopolitan Tokyo, have difficulties dealing with people who they assume cannot speak the language.
Tokyo has a huge selection of top-class eateries, and regularly tops the global list for Michelin-starred restaurants.
No one from the Michelin Guide was available for comment.




Update on life events  

Day 2653 ( Performance in Roppongi, Tokyo )
Friday, June 26, 2015

Went to a performance today in the rain after work. It was at a restaurant in Roppongi, Tokyo known as The Pink Cow (I've never seen one, not sure about you) ... Not a lot of people, more than likely because of the rain, but still good vibes.



Day 2654 ( Award from my Company )
Saturday, June 27, 2015

Had to go to a quarterly company meeting today. My company is a part of a larger group of companies. And every quarter they have a huge meeting ON A SATURDAY !!!! ...... We can get back the day in paid vacation or money tho so it works out.

Anyway, something beyond my wildest imagination happened....... I got an award for what I did in Toyama during the 11 months I was there.

Not going in any details, but I pretty much saved the company millions of yen... And about 20 jobs.

I got the above certificate and something else that is too embarrassing to talk about... Lets just say I only got that certificate ......



Day 2661 ( Avengers - Age of Ultron )
Saturday, July 4, 2015

Watched Avengers - Age of Ultron today. It was really exciting. Haven't been to the theaters in a while.



Day 2668 ( Performance at Oasis - Morito Kaigan Hayama )

Saturday, July 11, 2015

For the first time since 2013, I went to an Oasis event on the beach. I usually go here for the 2 months long, random events by the beach side during July and August. Last year I somehow didn't get to go. I also got to perform this year. It was good fun and nice vibes on the beach.