Australian customer: Can we have some edamame soybeans please?
Waitress: I’m going to get your otsumami (appetizer). Please wait a second.
Australian customer: No, that’s not right. Edamame please!
Waitress: Sorry, the otsumami is edamame. Please wait a second.
Australian customer (to his friends): And I thought she misunderstood my accent.
— Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo. Overheard by a Japan Times On Sunday reader
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