Sorry, I haven’t posted in a while :(, I’ve been busy. But many things to come, including local travels around Japan, and another trip close by to Malaysia and Singapore. If you haven’t my first post about Lancul, you can read it here.
On March 13th, I had my final shift at the Doubletree Cafe, located in the confusing hell hole of Shibuya. Some members were very nice and dropped by just to say goodbye, and a few even took me out for a final goodbye dinner.
The journey at Lancul was a short one at 7 months, but I’ve never had any sort of “teaching” job before, so it felt quite rewarding. I really did learn a lot, and this job gave me the opportunity to explore parts of Tokyo I would have never done so otherwise. I got to meet plenty of locals, all different age groups and working backgrounds. More importantly, I really feel like I’ve gained a better understanding of the Japanese mindset through this unique opportunity to share stories and experiences. Here are some interesting highlights:
- Japanese people are generally very shy and humble. Even the more aggressive ones by Western standards are still very conservative.
- English speakers are very fortunate when it comes to job opportunities and travel at an international level. Knowing Japanese, by comparison, is not nearly as useful outside of Japan.
- If you attend a wedding in Japan, it’s customary to give 30,000 JYP [300 USD] (WTF!?!?!?!)
- Tourists visit the Tokyo red light district (Kabukicho) like it’s a super cool tourist attraction, with family-friendly activities and food options. Locals think we are crazy.
- Many scammers prey on Japanese tourists (E.g: Jackasses at the Paris airport asking for your credit card). It’s important to understand that in Japan, stupid shit like that simply does not happen. Japanese people are super trusting and friendly. Their first international travel to Europe is usually an eye-opening one in which they learn, the world is a terrible place.
I’ve met many people at Lancul and in truth, I will miss all of you. Good luck to everyone, and perhaps one day, I will come visit!
- There is this one customer at Lancul (known as The Legend), who is 86 years old. She is more active than any other 86 year old lady I know, and English is amazing and she is very funny. When I am 86, I wish to be as sharp as her.
- There is another customer at Lancul (known as The God), who is 47 years old. He eats the same thing every day and looks like he’s 25. He is my hero. When I am 47, my goal is just to look half as youthful as this guy.