Getting to the root of the problem

Vietnamese student: Would you like some lotus root (renkon) and coconut candy?

Japanese woman: You mean lotus (hasu) and coconut?

— Gotanda Station, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo. Overheard by The Japan Times On Sunday

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