時の音 Espresso

This cafe is such a lovely place. I searched for cafes on google maps and a lot of options popped up but when I saw this one, I knew I had to go.

I’ve been trying to go out more by myself, and I thought a good way to do this was to start going to cafes alone. I get really really nervous to do things by myself and I’m trying to improve on this. I think it is important to be able to do things by yourself, especially when living alone in a foreign country.

Anyways, today is the first time I convinced myself to slip away.

This cafe was the exact experience I have been searching for! As soon as I slid the door open and stepped inside, I could feel the cozy atmosphere. There were guitars set up for customers to play, a small window seal filled with plants and various items, the smell of coffee lingering in the air, and a funky little seating arrangement.

When I first walked in I was the only one in the shop. The owner was very friendly and pointed me in the direction of the menu. I always get overwhelmed the first time I go to places, but honestly this moment is so important for me because whatever I order will most likely be my permanent order. I don’t know about you, but every time I walk into a familiar restaurant I always always order the same exact thing. What can I say I’m a creature of habit. 

Anyways I asked him what is osusume which is my favorite trick to avoid being overwhelmed by the menu. He suggested two items, but I didn’t know the first word he said, so while I was trying to figure that out in my head I accidentally didn’t hear the second option either, so I ended up ordering the first which was a 豆乳ラテ (soy milk latte). He told me to pay after, so I just sat down and waited for my drink.  

After receiving my coffee, the owner and I struck up a small conversation. He asked if today was my first day in Hirosaki which I told him I live here so naturally he asked for how long, and I said since August. He was surprised and exclaimed how that hasn’t been that long, which he is right, but 6 months feels like a whole lifetime for some reason. 

We started talking about work and how we were both shocked about the schools closing in Japan, because of COVID-19. At that time, two other customers walked in so he got back to work, but honestly just these small conversations to practice Japanese is really the experience I have been searching for. It makes me feel really good that random people are able to understand my Japanese. I still have a long way to go, but I’m really grateful for this experience. I hope it’s the first of many.

I definitely will be coming back here!! Hopefully I’ll have a lovely conversation with him again~

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