A Starbucks employee in Kamakura, Japan wrote the most adorable message to a Korean tourist's coffee cup.
On October 5, a Korean netizen shared photos of her pleasant experience during her trip to Japan. In the photos, you can see, "Kamakura <3" and "Hope you have a fun trip" written in Korean, along with a cute picture of a cat.
The person who shared the photos wrote, "I stopped by Starbucks on October 4 while I was traveling...The baristas asked me if I was Korean, and we started to talk."
It turns out, the Starbucks employee had a Korean friend and knew how to write some Korean. After a short conversation, the person left the store with a coffee and much later realized that there were messages written on the cup. She was extremely moved by the small gesture of kindness.
This warm story compares starkly with the recent 'wasabi terror' incidents targeted against Korean tourists. Some Korean tourists have been pranked during their trips in Japan with an exorbitant amount of wasabi hidden in their sushi at a restaurant. Some were called racist slurs in front of their faces by the employees. The restaurant owner later acknowledged their wrongdoing and publicly apologized.
The person added, "While I was still traveling, I learned about the wasabi terror incidents and became frightened that something like that would happen to me, too...However, we must remember that there are bad people, but there are more people who are kind -- like the barista at Starbucks."
The post ended by encouraging Koreans to not use the wasabi incident solely for criticizing the Japanese people, but also to evaluate how Koreans treat foreign tourists.