Hello, everyone! I’m Kaki and I come from Hunan Province, China.
Located in the south-central part of China, Hunan Province is known as “Hunan” because it also lies in the south of Dongting Lake, which is the second largest freshwater lake in China. Similarly, Shiga Prefecture, located in the central Japan, has the largest freshwater lake in Japan. Therefore, Shiga Prefecture and Hunan Province, officially concluded as the international friendship city in 1983 with the “lake” as the medium, and celebrated the 35th anniversary in 2018.
And the fate between me and Japan trace back to my university life. As a Japanese language student, in addition to learning the most basic daily conversations, I also came into contact with Japanese culture and lifestyle. With the deepening of my studies, I can no longer be satisfied with knowing the country through textbooks. The idea of experiencing the culture and feeling the real Japan personally is gradually sprouting in my mind. Thus, I came here as an exchange student three years ago and chose to work in Japan after graduating from the graduate school.
“What do you like about Japan?”
This is the one of the questions that is most frequently being asked since I came to Japan. What is it? I have been very confused about this question. However, after getting along with the people here, I finally figured out the answer.
“Sincere hospitality”, “Being considerate and thoughtful to others” and “Hard working”, these are the places I appreciate most about Japan.
It is no exaggeration to say that Japan’s service is the best in the world. The most direct feeling is that even if you walk into a small store, the shop assistants are full of vitality and express 200% enthusiasm with smiling faces from beginning to end. In addition, because of the thought of “Do not trouble others”, Japanese people pay great attention to details and other people’s feelings. Living in Japan, you can experience this kind of gentleness all the time. Last but not least, Japanese take their work seriously and rigorously. The “Craftsman Spirit” represents Japan’s meticulous attitude towards production and manufacture. It is this spirit that makes Japan’s manufacturing internationally renowned. These hardworking people not only build the contemporary Japan, but also support the future of Japan. These are all I really felt after I came here.
This spring, our store – Workshop Hitotsuya & Cafa is about to open. I will cherish what I have learned here and tell the stories I experienced to the people all over the world，and try my best to make this store become a bridge connecting Japan and the world.