**Oshare is not the name of the café–keep reading…
Today was a day of coffee and Japanese. Before you say, “huh?” and don a quizzical look on your face, I will explain how these things find themselves in the spotlight for Today’s Perfect Moment.
Before I go into details, I should also point out that the morning was chalk-a-block full of omens (portents) that this day would in fact have a definite Japanese flavour to it. You see, one of my students brought me a green tea kit kat this morning. That this was a Swiss student with very little interest in things Japanese or green tea, might be a mere coincidence–but are there any coincidences really? The fact that the movie Lost in Translation came up only adds to the list of omens.
Though I don’t often go out with students, I make exceptions from time to time. These times usually include mature students who are closer to my age and have either a fondness for beer or Japanese food. If they happen to speak Japanese, that is all the better since I wouldn’t want my language skills to get too rusty.
So it transpired that I would find myself in an “oshare” cafe–not my words, but feel free to look them up and then compare them with the picture,–drinking decorative and delicious coffee with two Japanese women. And, as you can see, this isn’t a chain coffee shop.
This is a far cry from how the day began–a bus ride through slushy snow that got me to work ten minutes later than normal. Luckily the sun came out and melted some of that snow before the cold reappeared and no more snow was going to melt.