March 17th, 2023


What’s an older book or movie that you think the youth of today should read/watch? Why?

Message to foreigners at Japanese convenience store sparks controversy online

Discussion Questions

  1. What do you think of the sign that was posted at the convenience store? If you saw a sign like that in person, what would you think or do?
  2. Why do you think the convenience store posted this sign? What do you think would have been a better way for the convenience store to solve the communication issues they’re having?
  3. Do you ever use “kore” and point at the item you are ordering when ordering at a convenience store or restaurant?
  4. Have you ever had any problems with miscommunication or receiving the wrong order at a convenience store or restaurant? How did you handle the situation?
  5. Do you have any ideas of ways that convenience stores and restaurants can help make ordering easier for foreigners in Japan?
  6. When traveling overseas, have you ever had a difficult time ordering at restaurants or fast food places? If so, what was difficult about it? What would have helped make the situation better?