On some Fridays, we have a TGIF (Thank God It’s Friday) celebration in the evening, to mark yet another week of surviving Hitotsubashi. The TGIF is basically a drinking party, where the students gather at the lounge and have drinks and tidbit to chill and network after a long week. Knowing that I don’t drink alcoholic or soft drinks (things they usually serve), the Japanese social reps (the social event organizers) made sure that there would be juice during TGIF, as per my request, since day one.
The problem with this was, although there are often many choices of alcoholic drinks for the majority of drinkers, there are still many who would prefer juice, that sometimes, the limited cartons of juice that we have would run out fast.
There was another TGIF today. Although I’m a regular, I didn’t feel like going this time. I was too tired since I stayed up until 3AM to get my assignment done, but my classmates were telling me that I should. As an excuse, I told them apart from being tired, I didn’t want to go because there’s no point in going when I can’t drink anything — at times, I had to grab water from the wash basin to drink.
Instead of accepting my excuse, my super proactive classmates… wanted to share my predicament with the student reps 😆
When Eunice saw the class rep, she was like:
“Yuta! Mia doesn’t want to go to TGIF because she can’t drink anything since the juice is always finished. She even has to go get a drink from the sink at the toilet! How could this happen?! I blame the social reps!”
The reps laughed and apologized. Hiro, one of the social reps, immediately made a turn to the konbini to get juice LOLOLOL.
Since they were accommodating, I had no reason not to go to TGIF -_-
When I arrived at the lounge before the event started, another Japanese greeted and showed me were the juices were, pouring some for me and telling me that I don’t have to get a drink “elsewhere”. Story spreads so fast 😆
So there, another case of caring classmates and the Japanese omotenashi spirit.