A different take on the story of Cinderella and her wicked stepsisters at Tokyo’s top private club

In Tokyo living a #Travelife, I spent Sunday afternoon at Japan’s top recreation club trying to edit some articles and finish a blog.

This private club will remain nameless, but if you know Tokyo, you will know which one I mean as there are really very few exclusive clubs like this.

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Anyway, I was busy working when a family walked in and sat in the table behind me.

The father was a Westerner and the mother was Japanese, and they had two children who looked traumatised by their parents’ non-stop nagging.



The children were very young, and I thought the boy was about five and the girl was probably three.

The mother spent the entire time complaining about something either one of them had done, while the father lectured them in halting Japanese both to no end. 


Anyhow, every parent has his or her own style. But what made me raise an eyebrow was the following conversation between the father and his five-year-old son.

Dad: “We really need to work on your empathy. You are so self-centered.”

(Hmm. I wonder if the five-year-old even knew what empathy meant…)


Dad: “If you don’t watch out, you’ll be just like Cinderella’s wicked stepsisters. They were so mean that they couldn’t find decent partners to marry and they lived alone for the rest of their lives, regretting that they were so mean to Cinderella…”

Son: “But Dad. I’m a boy.”

Just another afternoon in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful #Travelife.