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15 February 2007 @ 05:49 pm
Hmm...six of one...  
So, I learned both good and bad things yesterday.

I went in to Matsuri to interview them for the paper, and when the waitress/owner's wife came out and introduced herself, I said "Yoroshiku onegaishimasu" (Pleased to meet you) back to her. She asked me if I spoke Japanese (in Japanese), and I said "Waruku hanashimasu" (I speak it badly), which at least got a smile. The problem was that she spent the entire rest of my meal speaking to me in Japanese. I understood a lot of it, like when she explained that there were two sauces for the chicken and one was a bit spicy, but since I don't know the words for most vegetables or meats, the nouns tended to escape me. I hope I was polite when I nodded and smiled and kind of responded ("Oishii desu!").

The bad thing is that when I got back, I learned that they were apparently planning on making this a front-page story for the features section. Since I didn't know that when I went, though, I didn't ask nearly enough questions to fill out a full-sized article, and it's running next Thursday so there isn't really time to get any more. There goes my chance.
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