Maybe the great part of Japanese people (who is trusting PM Abe) don’t know how dangerous the situation is…
Me, too. Although I never trust present government, I went to a restaurant for lunch. 2 times a week.
It was Chinese restaurant which Chinese people run almost every time.
I want them to cheer up, feeling sorry for them as a Japanese citizen. Because of hate speeches against Chinese people by Japanese, in Japan.
I went to several Chinese restaurants in Tokyo. Majority of customers were Chinese at almost all restaurants I went to. Some of them, there were a few Japanese customers (except me)… by the way, Japanese people tend to prefer noodles than any other Chinese dishes… And at one of them, I was the only customer.
In the hard situation in Japan, I saw them working with extreme care.
Wearing masks of course, rubber gloves, even a shower cap at one of these restaurants, disinfecting tables and chairs very frequently, opening windows for ventilation (so it was a bit cold…)
One day I went to such a Chinese restaurant and ordered some hot spicy dish.
Then the waitress asked me…
I like hot spicy foods. But it was not because only that. I felt I was challenged for some reason. Japanese people are said that they cannot eat hot spicy foods. But I am not. And especially that time, I wanted to show myself as a different type from majority of Japanese…
The dish came.
It was delicious. But hot. But delicious. But so hot. But delicious,
BUT TOO HOT!!
Though I could eat them, no problem, until—
Yes, until I swallowed cayenne pepper in the wrong way.
I narrowly cough violently.
How dare could I coughed!? In that restaurant, where Chinese people were making their best effort to prevent infection, fighting against prejudice and hate speeches from Japanese! How dare could I, I, a very Japanese!
If I were one of them, I swear, I couldn’t stop feeling terror, and even intention to kill such a Japanese customer coughing violently…
No, I didn’t cough. I resisted my physiological phenomenon. But during that, I was afraid my face looked so… suspicious.