Daily Diaries Life in Tokyo

Story of a knife

I brought a knife to school.

I packed mandarin oranges and kiwi to eat at the cafeteria during lunch. So it made sense to bring the stainless steel knife I bought from Nitori so that I can easily cut them and eat.

During lunch though, some of my classmates suggested that we have lunch at the udon place at the nearest train station. So I joined them. After I had my bowl of udon and ebi tempura, I took out the knife to cut my oranges. In the interest of time, though, we had to leave the restaurant as soon as possible for the next class. I placed my tray at the counter, left and continued having my oranges on the way back to school.

It’s only 30 minutes after the class started that I realized that I left the knife on the tray, at the restaurant 😐

So after class ended, I went back to the restaurant and in my limited Japanese conversation abilities, asked the lady cleaning the trays if she had seen my knife. The restaurant only had large wooden spoons and chopsticks, I’m pretty sure they would’ve spotted the outlier.


She was alerted. Obviously she had seen it. She headed towards the open kitchen. Oh, “naifu” is knife.


Then the rest of the ladies working in the store were like:


“Ahh! Naifu!”

So it seemed as if everyone knew.

One of them looked for it, found it and handed it to me. The knife’s sharp part was neatly covered in paper and taped (probs to avoid accidents from happening) and the knife was stores in a clear plastic bag.

Yay! They found it!

I bowed several times, said “Arigato gozaimasu!” and left.

While that was happening, I realized that they were looking at me one kind. The lady who was doing the dishes at the open kitchen was even smirking at me. Some looked confused.

It’s not until hours later that it processed.

I left a knife at a restaurant and I didn’t explain why I left it there. Why would someone carry a knife around?!?!?! I must’ve seemed like a very dodgy character, which could explain the odd stares 😥

Oh wells. Got my knife back, I supposed explaining myself won’t help anyway.

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    November 22, 2015 at 5:58 AM

    You should have brought a hello kitty or an anpan man knife. That would have mitigated suspicions :p

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      November 22, 2015 at 8:58 PM

      Lol. Will keep that in mind.

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    November 24, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    Hello Mia,

    Actually the same thing happened to me by accident when I was living in Tokyo – turns out it can be pretty serious: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2009/08/25/voices/one-pocket-knife-nine-days-lockup/#.VlRYmiU8ah8

    Maybe cut your fruit at home 😛


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      December 6, 2015 at 12:04 PM

      Hi Matt! Yikes :s OMG that explains the stares hahaha. Alright, I think I’ll just have them at home.

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