No such thing as a free meal?

Tuna sashimi
Tuna sashimi. Mmmmmmm.

An elderly couple own a fish market which I walk past on my home from school. A mom and pop store, if you will. They always seem very friendly. I try to speak Japanese with them — mine is still limited but I some how make it through.

The woman, she asked if myself and the other ALT, Alana, like sashimi. She said, of course we do! (For those of you who don’t know sashimi is just raw fish — no rice or anything. It’s often eaten with soy sauce and wasabi. 

She was so surprised, her face light up and she starts laughing. She couldn’t believe a copule of gaijin (foreigners) liked such a Japanese food.

She comes back with two pack edges of tuna sashimi for us. I ask how much… (Ikura desu ka?) she says no, no. It was free. 

It was the best goddamn sashimi I’ve had since the last time I was in Japan at the world-famous fish market (Tsukiji fish market) in Tokyo.  

I guess there is such thing as a free meal in Japan.

 

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