04 April 2013
Why was Natsumi’s family excited about their “surprise” for her?
You can tell by the connotation of Natsumi’s description of her home in Japan that it is more likely a smaller town instead of a major metropolis; the construction of a fast food chain restaurant would be a big deal. I have a friend who was stationed outside of Tokyo while in the Air Force and in the last year a McDonalds was built in the town. When we had spoken he said that everyone in the town was excited as if they were building an ...view middle of the document...
She mentioned that her town was noticeably changed since she was a kid, which seemed to upset her some. Natsumi wanted to get away from the culture of her new life in Texas and return to what she always viewed as home in her heart.
What differences do you think there may be in the KFC location in Tokyo and the one in Texas where Natsumi usually eats? Why do you think that KFC is different in Tokyo from the way it is in Texas, even though it is called KFC?
I imagine the staple of the KFC in Tokyo would still in chicken; however, I’d think the sides would be different. Instead of various mashed potatoes or macaroni and cheese it would probably be rice dishes or soups; since those are more common to the Japanese culture. I remember I watched a two-hour special about the history of McDonald’s and in the how they showed various McDonalds from around the world: Japan, China, India, Germany, England…etc. It was fascinating to see how they varied from each other: menu, architecture, and even the attitude the population had towards McDonalds. For instance, the one in Germany served beer and the people would treat it more sit-down restaurant vs. a fast food restaurant. One of the McDonalds (I cannot remember the specific location) actually hosted or catered weddings since it contained a banquet hall on the second floor…that’s right, it had a second floor.