Sep 24, 2013

The AWESOME Japanese taxi driver

This is the store of the most awesome taxi driver in the world.

I was going somewhere last night, which was really far (30 min drive), cost me 6000円 ($60).
I have taken a taxi in Japan less than 10 times, I am not a talkative person so usually I ignore the driver and hope they don't talk to me. Usually they only start small talk. Maybe this one was different because we had a long way to go.
I had so much fun talking to this guy.
First, his personality was like the cool turtle from finding nemo. He must have been well into his 60's but he was so full of energy, talked like a young hip and happening person.
When I got in the taxi he didn't know where I wanted to go because it was far and an area where nobody usually goes. I gave him the address and he tried to put it into the computer, but on the computer map the letters were small so he used a magnifying glass. He kept making jokes about how he couldn't see and it was pretty funny.

After we found the address he said, ok lets go. We started driving along and he started to talk about food. He said his favorite food was gyoza and recommended me a very good place to get gyoza. He went on to tell me a story that 'good gyoza is good because the skin is good, not because the inside is good'. Interesting.
He asked me what my fav. food was and I said Basashi (raw horse meat). He got surprised (like people usually do) and he said he loves it. Then he we talked about a place called Kumamoto ken, which in Japan is famous for Basashi.
I went on to tell him about the story when I first tried to make gyoza, but the store near my house ran out of pork, so I though beef would do instead (which it didn't).  We laughed together about the story because it was so funny. He said its the first time he heard of someone making such gyoza. For those who don't know, gyoza MUST be made with pork, not beef.
I really wanted to make a video about him, he was so funny. The way he spoke Japanese was like a young person. Never in my life have I met such a funny person. He told jokes the whole way there, making my ride less boring. I didn't even want to get out of the car at the end.

After I arrived at my destination, I couldn't bow enough to him. I was so happy I got to ride in his taxi, I hope one day I will see that driver again, it was super fun night!