Unrelated to all the events that are currently happening in Japan, I have decided to leave Bassanova. Tomorrow is officially my last day. Forgive me for not informing you sooner, but with all that has happened in recent days I didn't feel it was appropriate. About a month ago I was approached with an opportunity that I couldn't refuse. I was given a chance to learn from the best of the best.
Exactly one year ago, I began working at my favorite ramen shop in the world. It's been nothing but amazing and easily the best job I've had so far. To say that it has been a dream is definitely an understatement. There are no words to describe my experience here. I have met some of the greatest people and made several lifelong friends. It's not an easy decision to leave something I love, but my Bassanova family insists that I not let this opportunity pass me by. They have been incredibly supportive and I am very thankful for that. I feel extremely horrible for leaving them at a time like this, but with Boom returning shortly and my replacement having been found, I only become a distraction.
With that said, I'd like to thank everyone, whether you've been to Bassanova or just read about it on my blog. Bassanova and its people will always have a special place in my heart. I often get mistaken as being the owner, which I'm not, but who knows...maybe someday...
Anyway, I was up early chatting with loved ones before work and realized that I still had time to get Mcdonald's breakfast. Sausage Mcmuffin and coffee for only 200 yen!
Then it was back to working the lunch shift with Chee-chan. Life in Tokyo seems to be getting back to normal. Hopefully we can soon start concentrating more energy on those who literally lost everything due to the earthquake and tsunami and to those workers who are risking their lives to save ours. It's really unfortunate that the nuclear scare has overshadowed all of this but these are all serious issues. I don't blame anyone for fleeing Tokyo. And I know the people, Japanese or not, who remain in Tokyo don't feel like this either. The people in Japan are respectful like that. Hence, no looting, no rioting, no violence, etc. It seems like the only people making anything an issue are those that are doing it from a distance. If you want to know what it was like from my friend's perspective, please read her post Aftermath & Afterthoughts. Yes, we are very fortunate to still have our lives and the ability to return to a normal life, but stress in any form is not something easy to deal with for anyone, even robots.
Coincidentally, Chee-chan will also be leaving Bassanova. This would be our last day working together. At least for now. If I ever open up a shop in the US, I will be asking for her help.
With the 21st being my last day, I was looking forward to my going away party on the 22nd. But since I don't start the new job until next month and it would be pointless to stick around without work, I've decided to calm the nerves of my loved ones and leave Tokyo for the time being. My girlfriend will be waiting for me in France. I leave Tuesday. From the looks of it, there's no ramen in France so I guess this could also calm the nerves of the people who think I eat too much ramen.
After work, I went to visit Jake-san to share the news that I would be leaving Bassanova and incidentally wound up finding Nemo. Jake-san had adopted this fish tank from someone who couldn't take care of it any longer.
I was in the mood for his shio ramen.
And of course, I couldn't leave without the yabayaki.
It's time for all of us to become closer.
My trip to France will not be for vacation. Sure I'll probably be seeing some sights and researching how ramen would work in Europe, but the main reason is to help raise money for those affected by this tragedy in Japan. My girlfriend, who is also a poet and has a following in France, has already started working on raising money and awareness for her home country.
I thank you all for taking time out of your busy lives to read my measly ramen blog. This is how I stay sane. I really appreciate all the comments, emails, and support. Let's hope this great country can go back to what it was and more. Peace.