“Am I afraid of coronavirus? Hell yeah. I make it a point to wear a mask on crowded trains. Am I gonna let that stop me from serving kebab? Hell no. We’re always open for business, come rain or shine. People still gotta eat after all. Although I realize I’ve been working so much since I came to Japan nine years ago. That’s all people do here–work, work, work, work, work. To tell you the truth, I get homesick. I miss the culture back home in Iran, where people are friendly. Here, people work too much. But to be fair, it’s a great place to make an honest living. Actually, my brother owns this kebab place. So he’s living proof that if you work hard, you’ll make it in life. Oh you should try his other Persian/Turkish restaurant. It’s just two minutes from here. They even have belly dance shows.”

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