“I wasn’t very serious in life. That’s why I’m desperately making up for it now. I’ve been here since 1989 and it’s only five years ago that I finally opened this restaurant. I’m from Nepal. I learned about Japan when my uncle got captured by Japanese soldiers during the war. You see, we got involved because we were British allies, even though we didn’t see the Japanese as our enemy. In fact, he thought we had plenty of similarities. We ate rice, kinda looked the same, and he didn’t feel like he was in prison because they treated him well. That story influenced me coming to Tokyo. Although life was easier then. Now I tell younger Nepalese people, ‘No money, no life. Work hard. Abide by the rules and you’ll be fine.’ Nepal is an agricultural country. But many young people are leaving to live their dreams in the big city or go to the United States, Japan or Europe. I tell them if they want to succeed, first, smile. Then have friends who’ll be there for you no matter what. And be thankful to your host country.”

Spice Hub Bancho

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