Hello,  I am Yuko Ozeki, JCFN North America Staff.

I am currently in Japan. This is the first time in 9 years that we have returned to Japan as a family.

On my first day, I took my daughters to a hair salon and they experienced a small culture shock.

“Mommy, the hairdresser said to me after shamping “OTSUKARESAMA DESITA (You must be so tired). Why? I was just laying down. SHE must be tired.”

“Mommy, the hairdresser came out of the salon in order to say, “Thank you very much! Why is that?”

Mm-hmm. Seeing the reactions of my daughters, I realized once again that Japan is indeed a culture of OMOTENASHI (hospitality).

PS. Everything is so yummy in Japan.

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