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“This is the side for a guest”
Dear readers,
How have you been in such the cold period?
I am very sorry for not updating early.

Are you enjoying The PyeonChang Olympic Games?
I am so so enjoying some of exciting games.
But I think the low temperatures and the strong winds are unfortunate for some players.

Korea has generally much less snow than Japan.
This is because the northwest wind absorbs moisture above Japan See (Korean people call it East Sea).
Anyway, I hope the Olympic will finish with great successes.

Last week a manager from our parent company in Europe visited our Japan site for two days.
He is a manager of a high level.
I took a full attendance for him while he was in Japan.
We had internal meetings, made visits to our partners and so on.

As one the agenda for the two days, there was such a case that an outside guest visited our headquarters in Tokyo.
When the outside guest was going to enter our building, the European manager was sitting in an inner side (ie, not the side of the door) of a conference room.
So, I said to him politely, “This side is for a guest, so, would you please move to the opposite side?”

Then his face had changed suddenly to a mixed mode (surprise, a little anger and smile).
And he said, “Ain’t I a guest? This is challenging!” And he repeated “challenging!”
I apologized to him and explained Japanese culture.
I also explained to him that he belonged to our side (same group company) in this case even though he came from Europe.
Finally he accepted it but he seemed not 100% comprehensive.

I did not fully understand the meaning of “challenging” he said many times.
Japanese has no completely equivalent words with challenge.
“Chousen” sometimes equals to challenge, however, it has only positive meanings.
“Challenging” he said might mean a little bit negative like “picking a fight”.

But today he sent me an e-mail note and showed me many thanks for all my efforts while he was in Japan.
(He is already back in Europe.)
Now I am happy.
But I should learn English more and more.

Have wonderful days !
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