By Lauren DeCosta
Earlier this year I was excited to go to a concert, amazed that an artist I liked was even coming up to Aomori. I managed to successfully purchase the ticket, and was all set to go, even if I had to go by myself! Seemingly I had conquered the hard part, since the day of I really only had to give someone my ticket and find my seat. Easy, right? WRONG! Or, well, not actually wrong; it shouldn’t have been difficult.
My seat was in row “I” but all of the seats when I walked in the theater were in hiragana. So naturally I just assumed “I” on a ticket meant い on the seats. As I sit there waiting for the concert to start a lady comes in and is supposed to be in the same seat as me. Slightly confused, but trusting that I was more likely wrong than an older Japanese woman was, I gave up the seat and headed out to the entry way to find the seating map. Upon closer inspection, it turns out that there are seats from あ to よ and then from A to Z. OOPS! Living in Japan sometimes we make the silliest of mistakes, even with things we can do with little to no thought or effort normally.
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