Sunday is a day off from my great job teaching (coaching) English conversation (英会話) at my English conversation school (英会話スクール), Smith’s School of English Tsukaguchi School(スミス英会話 塚口校) in Tsukaguchi, Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. Last Sunday I went to COSTCO in Amagasaki with my wife. We bought some things, including hot dog buns and hot dogs. After shopping we ate dinner at the food court there. We found a free table and my wife stayed at the table while I bought our food and drinks. When I came back to the table I saw that a Japanese couple was sharing it with us. I sat down and the man spoke to me, asking me some questions. He was very friendly and I happily answered his questions. He and his wife were at COSTCO for the first time and were from Senriyama in Suita, Osaka. I mentioned that I had lived there before. To introduce myself, I gave him my Smith’s business card and business card-sized promotional card, mentioning that my school was in Tsukaguchi, Amagasaki. I also told him that there was a Smith’s school in Senriyama. He showed some interest in English. I hope that he joins a Smith’s school one day!
The hot dogs at the food court are served without toppings. You have to add them on yourself. Later, after the couple had left, my wife told me that when the couple had first sat at our table, the man had had a hot dog in a bun that he’d bought at the food court. He apparently didn’t know that hot dogs in buns are usually eaten with toppings such as ketchup, mustard, relish, etc. My wife kindly explained this to him and where he could get the toppings in the food court. He got some toppings and thanked her for her help. My wife also saw a little girl at another table eating a hot dog in a bun with no toppings. Oh no! That must have been dry! (^.^) Obviously hot dogs are not eaten much here in Japan. I know that a few of my students eat some at home (they live together) but I guess that they’re the rare case. I’ve seen some kind of hot dog being sold at McDonald’s here in Japan but I think hot dogs are not something Japanese people are very familiar with. I hope that this post will help!
Yesterday I ate some hot dogs for lunch at home topped with relish, ketchup and mustard. That’s how I eat them at home. They were very good. I hadn’t eaten hot dogs for a while so it was nice to do so again. I like eating them once in a while for lunch. I took a photo, which you can see it on the right.
Happy hot dog eating everybody! (^.^)
Smith’s School of English Tsukaguchi School