Twice now, I’ve gone through the Narita International airport and just needed a meal. Three years ago, I had a 17 hour layover and was able to stash my luggage in a locker and take the train into Narita proper; this time around I only had 90 minutes so I hit up a sushi station near gate 32.
Both times, it was just great fucking food. Simple, flavorful, made efficiently like a cooking show for one.
The third image is really the point of the story -
this is the great trick I figured out in Narita three years ago -
a way to say thank you.
I typed in what I wanted to say, trying to keep it to the point but also complimentary and conveying what I was really feeling. It was translated, and when you turn the phone sideways, it gives you this:
This is the best part.
As the man who sliced my fish handed me the bill, I showed him my phone - and the moment went like this:
Nudge other sushi makers
They come over
It is one of my favorite things in this world to say thank you in a way it can really be received.