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Japanese Starbucks barista leaves a surprising message on Korean tourist's cup

By alice101   Wednesday, October 5, 2016   237,093   1,393   75



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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. 

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josielt3 Thursday, October 6, 2016

This is adorable, what an awesome story. I like that the post took the time to address the wasabi incident as well (which was caused by an incorrect assumption by the restaurant, not malicious intent). Good news story, Allkpop!

daFoolio Thursday, October 6, 2016

japan STILL think they reign over us or something??  stupid petty wasabi prank....

3percenter daFoolio Thursday, October 6, 2016

Yes because Koreans aren't racists at all...

daFoolio 3percenter Friday, October 7, 2016

we didn't try and colonize another country... relax~

DH_Lee daFoolio Friday, October 7, 2016

Google search 알아서는 안 되는 일제시대의 진실

3percenter daFoolio Saturday, October 8, 2016

Only because you couldn't. But if Korea ever would have, they would have been even more brutal than the Japanese. In the few instances where Koreans had power over people in other countries they committed atrocities. During WW2 Korean guards at POW camps were notorious for their brutality and savagery against Allied POWs. In Vietnam, Koreans committed more massacres than anyone besides the Communists. And Africans, Southeast Asians, and South Asians are treated as untouchables in Korea today. Peddle your bullshit propaganda in Hangul in Korea... you won't get away with it here.

3percenter Saturday, October 8, 2016

Oh, and let's not forget the North Koreans. They are the same people as the South Koreans. Political ideology is all that separates the two Koreas. North Korea is the worlds most brutal and fanatical police state. What North Koreans are capable of, so are South Koreans.

daFoolio 3percenter Monday, October 10, 2016

so angry......

3percenter daFoolio Monday, October 10, 2016

no, just not some ignorant kpopper who worships Korea. There is plenty of things NOT to like about Korea. Historical revisionism, hyper-nationalism, and a false victim complex are 3 of them.

daFoolio 3percenter Monday, October 10, 2016

then why you on this site mr. smarty pants?

3percenter daFoolio Thursday, October 13, 2016

Twice, IOI, WJSN, Red Velvet, DIA, and about a dozen other reasons. Everything else about Korea I can give a shit about.

RimmieMeli Thursday, October 6, 2016

So sweet

DH_Lee Thursday, October 6, 2016

As for wasabi terror, a lot of wrong information has been spread in South Korea. That sushi restaurant gets many Chinese tourists and since they always ask for extra wasabi they made it their habbit to add extra wasabi to foreign customers. "Racist slurs in front of their faces" is a total fabrication. The restaurant has admitted putting twice as much wasabi to foreign customers and apologized for that.

beautiful_flower Thursday, October 6, 2016

it is so nice and so sweet

fairypanda Thursday, October 6, 2016

korean need to forgive Japan, see that now S. Korea hated by N. Korea and some Japanese

vyonce Thursday, October 6, 2016

all good is shadowed by evil

blackjack_doomey Wednesday, October 5, 2016

aww that is so schweet!!!

4NIAB2UTYHONEY Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Aww, that's nice ^^

emily235 Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Knew how to write 'some' Korean? Dude, that handwriting is so much nicer than mine and I definitely know how to write more than 'some' Korean. That chick has been learning for awhile, I'd bet, or has put significant care into making sure her handwriting is neat and native looking.

Nju emily235 Wednesday, October 5, 2016

east asia's peoples are quick learner about something like that..

DahlinLuv emily235 Thursday, October 6, 2016

It's actually very interesting because she wrote 용 which is the native/"cutesy" way to write "요". It may not seem like much but most foreigners don't use it unless they're very comfortable with Korean.

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