禁煙席より喫煙席の多いレストラン・A restaurant with more smoking seats than non-smoking seats.

The No Smoking sign, designed by one of the me...

The No Smoking sign, designed by one of the members of AIGA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

シドニーに来るため、伊丹空港経由で成田に行きました。伊丹空港で4時間ほどの時間をつぶすために まず、食事出来るところを探しました。 何往復をして、30年ほど前、数回食べに行った事ある サンドウィチの専門店を選びました。禁煙席をお願いしたら店員さんが禁煙席と喫煙席の位置を教えてくれました。びっくり!一番良さそうな席は全部 喫煙席、そして数えてみたら 喫煙席は24席、禁煙席は16席でした。混乱した私に 日本語が通じていないと思われてもう一度説明された。思わず「今の時代にこんなことあり?喫煙席が多すぎない??・・・」と反応しない店員さんでした・・・・

もう行きたいと 思いません。

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On my way to Sydney I flew from Itami (Osaka) to Narita. With a 4 hour wait at Itami…I went on a slow search for somewhere to eat lunch. I finally decided on a “gourmet sandwhich shop “, I had been there over 30 years ago….so down memory lane! I went in and the waitress asked me if I wanted to sit in the smoking or non-smoking area….that question alone did baffle me a little….guess it showed things hadn’t really changed? I guess I was slow to answer ( maybe she thought I didn’t understand Japanese?) so she pointed to the nice seats and told me they were the SMOKING SEATS (what?) and then to the other seats informing me they were the NON –SMOKING seats. I counted the seats…there were 24 SMOKING SEATS and only 16 NON-SMOKING SEATS!! In this day and age can you believe that?? I informed the waitress of my disbelief but she just didn’t seem to “get it”…….. I stayed for lunch but I won’t be going back!!!

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