May 04, 2004

about my sushi'ing
Here are some observational notes about my part-time job at a local sushi boat restaurant; a place called Hakkodaten Ishiba:
  1. I found a small plastic tube in my mailbox the other day; I thought "what the fuck? drugs?" I was afraid of opening the capsule in fear of unknowingly releasing SARS or some other deadly virule disease in Japan. Turns out, it's for a stool sample because I handle food at work.
  2. They put me in the Side Orders section; a Chinese girl is told to tell me what to do, and she gets mad because I can't understand her Japanese clearly, nor do I know the dish names--she gets even more mad. I do my best to be helpful, and she gets mad that I don't do it exactly her way. I don't know where things are, and people get mad at me for that.
  3. The store owner never talks with me; he only likes talking with the high school girls who work there, whom he constantly flirts with.
  4. I get pretty thirsty since I have to yell out "Irasshaimase," "Ikaga de gozaimasu ka," and "Arigatou gozaimasu" all day.
  5. Japanese have less eye contact when communicating than Americans, so I often get confused when people are telling me an order and I don't know that they're talking to me.
  6. Breaks may be legally required, but that doesn't mean people take them; nor does it necessarily make people happy when that required break is taken. I kind of got the gist of this, so didn't complain about not going on break.
  7. The store closes at 10pm, but it takes until midnight, and sometimes 1am with 4 people to close the place; that is too fucking long!
  8. After clocking out, people continue to chat chat chat; I just want to go home, dammit!

Oh wow, are you going to stay? Sounds rough. 1am to close? I hate that too. I worked at a movie theater and it was like that.

#182 - Posted by: Carol at May 5, 2004 06:04 AM

It's rough in that I'm not used to people yelling at me for doing something wrong that I didn't know was wrong, and also people getting upset at me for not understanding Japanese.

I think it's just part of the culture, though, that people get upset at you at work. I've read about this before, and I was kind of prepared for it. I just suck it up and smile when they get mad at me for not knowing stuff they think should be natural to know.

#183 - Posted by: Ivan at May 6, 2004 08:51 AM

It's really liberating to not care about being yelled at. isn't it? My new supervisor (not Mike obviously) is really unstable emotionally, and went off on myself and this other guy who were helping her at the commencement last year. I was shocked but then realized how stressed this woman is and sort of blew it off. I mean not to justify bad treatment, but it really reflects on her not me.

#184 - Posted by: Carol at May 6, 2004 01:24 PM

Hmm, kind of; I'm getting tired of the job, and I've got plans of leaving by the end of the month. Too much Japanese culture for me there. :)

#185 - Posted by: Ivan at May 6, 2004 07:25 PM

I want to leave my job too. I am graduating from the SPC as soon as I can. I applied to some jobs at SF state by the way, just checking things out. But this new boss I have is ruining my 7 years at Cal, and I could lose all I gain if I don't get out of there.

#186 - Posted by: Carol at May 7, 2004 01:21 AM

When things get rough, and the worth of staying has run out, I believe that's when it's high-time to get out. And, no, money should not be the worth of any job other than a temporary one!

Are you at liberty to say which jobs you're trying for at SFSU? I know someone in the Humanities department (like, the former Head), and maybe I can put in a good word for you.

Crap, I've still gotta send her a postcard! :P

#187 - Posted by: Ivan at May 7, 2004 02:15 AM

YOu know one job at State I applied for oddly was a foreign student advisor position. It sounded neato. I am stil new at all this applying and resume stuff again, so I don't know if I did the best application.
I am having a friend give me advise this weekend on resumes. I feel really rusty.

#188 - Posted by: Carol at May 7, 2004 06:13 AM
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