Sharing food is one of the scenes that you witness living in Oakhouse Kichijoji 2. Many of us, especially guys, are good at cooking for some reason. Even if we don’t officially plan a party, sometimes people just start showing up and a party just start naturally.
Today was exactly the case. The difference was… that it happened twice on the same day. Shohei, who is my neighbor, suddenly decided to cook for everybody, especially for Katelyn who has been kind of sick. I happened to be in the living room when the cooking was taking place and he was kind enough to invite me. He even knocked people’s door on the second floor to check if they want some food. Eventually, ten people showed up and we shared his super delicious hot pot.
Shohei serving his hotpot to everyone.
It was very generous of him to share food like this. This type of random food sharing really is the best opportunity to talk about things with housemates. Now that we have another French guy, Samuel arrived, we decided to do some French party next week. They brought some cheese and wine from France. They always say we need a good bread to eat with. I’m just happy with wine and cheese by itself.
Would you try to give some money to Shohei in this situation? This could be an interesting topic to talk about but…I personally don’t think giving money is a good idea. Besides, I don’t think he takes the money.
In our house, we usually don’t give money to a chef. I don’t think it’s because we are stingy but it’s because it feels more natural. When I receive this kind of generosity, I’d apparently feel good and at the same time, I’d feel I’m in debt. This debt, however, is not like money debt and it doesn’t come with guiltiness. but I feel I have to reciprocate in any way I can in the future. I feel like the person I reciprocate to has to be Shohei. It can be anyone in the house. That’s how this random act of generosity keep going around in the house. This might be the reason why I think it’s so comfortable to live here.
How would you reciprocate when you receive free food in the house?
It was a full of food in the biggest pot we have in the kitchen. Even with this amount of food, the entire pot disappeared after 10 mins.
This one person serving looked so little when there were 10 people to share with.
Thanks again Shohei! for sharing the great food!!
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