When it comes to sushi, you either love it or you don’t. Sure it’s an acquired taste, but at least we all know what sushi is. Well apparently this Chinese student didn’t, and when she and her friends visited a rather famous sushi house while studying in Japan, she ended up pissing off the owners and went online to rant on Weibo (the Chinese Facebook) to bad mouth the sushi masters thinking that her friends would back her up. Instead, she was met with a backlash of public shame and many called her a disgrace to her country. If this story doesn’t make your Monday just a little more tolerable, it’ll at least put you in the mood for sushi.
Chinese student Chuhan Lin was studying in Japan when she and four friends decided to try sushi at a branch of the famous Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant in Roppongi, Japan, made famous from the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. The restaurant was managed by one of Jiro’s sons and is known the world over for pretty much the best sushi ever.
To eat at this restaurant, you have to make a reservation and pick what you eat before you get there so that they make sure they prepare all the items you order as fresh as possible. Well Lin and her four friends, all Chinese students, showed up 40 minutes late and never even apologized. That’s strike one.
In the restaurant they have a common locker where patrons can store all their things while they eat. One of Lin’s friends wanted to get her wallet from the locker, but didn’t bother to ask the staff to assist her like any normal person would. When someone did find her trying to break in to the communal locker, she was told off, and we are sure the language barrier didn’t help much either. That’s strike two.
It turned out that two of Lin’s friends didn’t actually even like raw fish. Why the hell would they go to sushi then, right? Her two friends ended up bailing to eat deep-fried pork somewhere else down the street- how classy. With only three friends left and a pre-ordered meal waiting for them, they cancelled everything and asked the sushi chef to just cook all the raw fish and package it- to go. That was strike three.
The sushi master, probably pissed at these unappreciative kids, asked, “Is sushi served cooked in your country? If you can’t handle raw food, you should have informed us when you made the reservation!”
So Lin replied, “Who knew!? I didn’t make the reservation!”
Best comeback ever…
In her post, she ranted about their poor treatment saying, “If we were Abe! If we were Obama! Would he dare to show such an attitude?”
She posted her entire experience on Weibo, thinking that her Chinese friends would agree that the restaurant treated her badly. Instead, her rant turned into a public shaming with many netizens calling her a “national disgrace,” probably for her embarrassing amount of cultural unawareness.
She eventually took down her post, saying that, “the whole world is scolding me.” It was reported afterwards she went back to the sushi restaurant and apologized to them to which they responded she is always welcome back when she develops a taste for sushi.
So if you are going to try something new today, maybe look it up a little and ask about it beforehand so you don’t get caught in any sticky situations. And please, always remember to be respectful of other people’s cultural differences- or don’t, because we all love to crucify stupidity on social media.