Excuse me

Out of fear that I will spell the phrase completely wrong I will just say that it was very interesting to see how people use the Japanese phrase for “excuse me” to get what they need at restaurants. After the Waseda v. Keio game, we were taken to a small restaurant, which gave guests the opportunity to make their own Tokyo Yaki. Our friend Reon turned out to be a great Yaki chef and cooked all of our food to perfection. The most interesting part of the experience was how he would get the server’s attention. He would simply yell, “excuse me!” in Japanese. When I first heard him yell I thought he was mad or something, but it turned out to be just how things are done in Japan. In the United States if someone starts yelling like that to get the server, they are bound to get a bit of spit or something else undesirable in their food.

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~ by iamnicholashenry on June 1, 2010.

5 Responses to “Excuse me”

  1. As I stated on one of Bryces’ blog posts, it seems a bit contradictory that the Japanese culture feels that it is okay to be loud or yell in restaurants. When we are roaming the streets of Japan or the subways, they expect everything to be quiet but i don’t understand while transportation and plain roaming of the streets/touring would imply such a silent tone. It seems to me that you would be more willing to talk in public but have a more reserved dinner with low tones, not to disrupt others. Interesting.

  2. I personally like how the Japanese interact with the waiting staff in restaurants, it feels more like a meal done on your terms and pacing. I hate how in America servers will attempt to take your order when you’re not ready and when you tell them to give you a minute they’re got for fifteen. In Japan if I don’t want service they’ll leave me be and if I want it all I have to do is ask.

  3. I personally like how the Japanese interact with the waiting staff in restaurants, it feels more like a meal done on your terms and pacing. I hate how in America servers will attempt to take your order when you’re not ready and when you tell them to give you a minute they’re gone for fifteen. In Japan if I don’t want service they’ll leave me be and if I want it all I have to do is ask.

  4. I agree with Jared, I like how things are done in Japanese restaurants. I especially liked the ones that would have the button you could push to alert the server that you wanted them. It makes getting what you need so much easier. I also agree with Vida, why is it that we have to be quiet everywhere except a restaurant?

  5. Man I wish I could have gone with you guys after the game. But if you could recall, I was out of cash. I also had to clean all that bird shit off of me! I still can’t believe me luck. From what I heard from you and Radin, I really missed a good dinner and I really regret not going.

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