Rakugoka Sushi House – The Confession

Rakugoka Sushi House – The Confession


Phillip McCollum

[Missed Part One? Click here!]

As soon as the little metal chimes hanging on the door rang out, Rakugoka-san made eye contact with Mariko-san. Each customer, even first-timers, had their own vibration, generated their own harmony. The way they pushed open the door, how the air rushed in, the slight squeak of the rusted hinges–each a part of the equation that informed the sushi chef and waitress how they should prepare the environment.

The man sat down without removing his coat. Unusual, as the tiny restaurant was always monitored for optimal temperature for client comfort, especially during the dinner rush, but it had been an unusual evening.

A steaming cup of green tea was waiting for him.

Irasshaimase,” Rakugoka-san said.

“Evening,” the man replied, looking surprised but satisfied to see the hot tea. He took a swig as if it had been sake instead. He showed no reaction to the scalding liquid hitting his tongue. Mariko-san was beside him just as the cup came back down, pouring a fresh refill from a copper pot.

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6 thoughts on “Rakugoka Sushi House – The Confession

  1. You don’t have like button over here, so I’ll substitute a thumbs-up from now on instead: ? ?

    1. Hmm, never noticed that, but you’re right! Must be a limitation of the self-hosted WordPress. I’ll take the thumbs-up. BTW, recently finished Eating Bull and I LOVED it. Will be posting a review shortly!

      1. Thank you, so nice to hear! Glad you enjoyed it. And thank you so much in advance for the review. I really appreciate you taking the time to write one. I know how many things you’ve got going on.

        As for the ‘like’ button, I’ve seen some WordPress.org blogs with it. Maybe there’s a plug-in for it. Not that I know what ‘plug-ins’ are, so if that makes no sense, just disregard it. I told you I was no techie. ?

        1. Makes sense that there’s a plug-in! I’ll check that out. 🙂

          And no worries on reviewing Eating Bull. I’m sorry it took me so long to get to it, and then to finally get through it (NOT AT ALL a reflection on the novel–I could have finished it in a couple of nights if I had more than 10 minutes at a time to read it.) 🙂

          1. I know how that goes. Reading is something all writers need to do, and yet it’s often the first thing I sacrifice.

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