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Guesthouse owner arrested for slashing guest who sprinkled too much pepper on his own food

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By SoraNews24

A guesthouse in the Ujiurata area of Ise City, Mie Prefecture, was the scene of an assault case between the owner, 46-year-old Genryu Aragaki, and a 52-year-old visitor. According to police, in October, the victim came to the guesthouse, nestled at the foot of the mountains near the famous Ise Grand Shrine, and had dinner. When the food was served, the victim put some black pepper on it.

However, the amount of pepper upset Aragaki greatly. He punched the guest in the head and then brandished a chef’s knife at him, shouting threats such as “I’ll kill you!” In the midst of the flurry of threats, punches and kicks, Aragaki’s knife cut the victim in his finger, causing injuries that took two weeks to heal.

By the way, the name of this place is Foolery Guesthouse.

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After his arrest, Aragaki admitted to becoming enraged by the amount of pepper used, but denies some of the charges, claiming that he didn’t intend to cut the victim. The two men apparently had known each other for a long time, so it is possible that death threats and knife-play are a part of their regular relationship, but these criminal charges might suggest otherwise.

Readers of the news, many of whom enjoy a good dose of pepper themselves, were appalled at someone dictating how others should eat. They also disapproved of the slashing.

“I don’t really like seasonings so much, but I won’t go anywhere where they tell you how you can eat your food.”

“Wow, putting pepper on your food can be dangerous.”

“I’d like to know the amount that pushed him over the edge. That’s scary.”

“Some people have a dulled sense of taste and need a lot.”

“I’m sorry, I love putting pepper in my ramen. Please don’t kill me.”

“Why did he put the seasonings on the table in the first place?!”

“Get a load of the pepper police.”

“What kind of food was it? I kind of want to go there if they take so much pride in it…”

The website for Foolery Guesthouse (also known as Guesthouse Gukyoan) doesn’t mention much about food aside from a breakfast of raw egg on rice (tamago kake gohan) and miso soup for 500 yen. The reports, however, said that the incident took place during an evening meal.

Actually, looking further through the website, it does seem like a rather nice guesthouse with a good location and pretty high ratings on Google and Booking.com. While some didn’t like the rustic aspects of it, a lot of former guests praised the price, free Wi-Fi, meditation classes, and the “owner” for his friendly nature and fluency in English, but it’s not clear if that was actually Aragaki or a staff member they mistook for the owner.

Sources: Tokai TV, Hachima Kiko, Booking.com, Foolery Guesthouse

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I guess he won’t be charged with a salt.

27 ( +28 / -1 )

By the way, the name of this place is Foolery Guesthouse.

oh the irony.

14 ( +14 / -0 )

Maybe the owner took it as an affront to his cooking!

13 ( +13 / -0 )

Some chefs are over protective of their dishes. I always ad pepper.

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There was a restaurant in London where there was no salt or pepper on the tables because the chef said 'there was no need for it'. It closed down pretty soon, no matter how famous the chef was. But, I had to agree with the salt part. Too much salt is put in food to make it taste 'delicious'.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

"He punched the guest in the head and then brandished a chef’s knife at him, shouting threats such as “I’ll kill you!”

Another GMO baby, has lost his mind.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

My ex likes pepper. Maybe I should send my ex there.

5 ( +11 / -6 )

My mate puts aromat on everything. Take her to dinner, or when she visits other friends who have cooked for her - on goes the aromat. Every time.

Annoying and (possibly) a bit rude, but as to the the owner in this article - that's taking offence to the extreme.

5 ( +8 / -3 )

Yes that a good one

"Salt and batter"

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Pity the people out there that still believe in the outdated notion that Japanese citizens are uber polite and never raise their voice or get angry in public, lest they stand out against the grain. It is no coincidence we read more and more of these types of stories in the news.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Chefs like that are morons.

They should be cooking for their customers, to please them.

Not for the cooks themselves.

That's restaurant cooking 101.

You wanna be a pepper Nazi, say goodbye to your business.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

I remembered my college professor saying that in certain Middle Eastern cultures, adding lots of salt in a dish is considered rude to the host or the chef as it says their cooking is bad. But slashing someone for their own taste is just unjustifiable, no omotenashi here.

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Joking aside, let’s continue to support the ‘mom & pop’ joints in our home prefectures.

There is great stress now on the small business owners. His family and business are ruined.

His long-time friend(?), the police and media have ‘outed’ him even though the ‘victim’ will ‘$ettle’ and there will be a ‘non-prosecution’. Plus, we guess they will be ‘cancelled’ from the ‘search engines’ & ‘dot.coms’ for future Bookings. The local gov may also now rescind their business’s ‘GoTo’ subsidies from both, before and for after the pandemic.

Thanks! ‘GoTo’ for supporting the BIG hotel & restaurant chains!

The small guys will soon be completely out of the way.)

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Well, you should probably think twice when going to a place called "Foolery". In any case, no more Air B & B for this fool.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Maybe he should take it with a 'pinch of salt 'next time...

2 ( +2 / -0 )

@Politik

This article didn’t make me laugh, but your comment sure did. Gold.

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the amount of pepper upset Aragaki greatly. He punched the guest in the head and then brandished a chef’s knife at him, shouting threats such as “I’ll kill you!” 

This actually sounds more like a comedy sketch. It's all about the context and the way it's presented though.

The two men apparently had known each other for a long time, so it is possible that death threats and knife-play are a part of their regular relationship, but these criminal charges might suggest otherwise.

So if they knew each other like that, there's clearly a history context that we don't know of. With pepper just being a metaphor.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Stressful times.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Terrible to get peppered with punches and kicks during dinner but it might be worth it if they slashed the price of the meal drastically.

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USDOS: “As a matter of courtesy and respect at Japanese establishments,

use **only*** the condiments and garnishes provided by the chef.”*

Basically, don’t add extra ‘seasoning’ to your food in Japan. It’s viewed as rude and disrespectful to the chef.

Note the part "*use only the condiments and garnishes provided by the chef"*

The pepper was provided.

I think this outdated info was ment for non Japanese asking for things like ketchup, etc.. in certain situations.

Today this is no longer the case not by a long shot, most restaurants do not keep condiments and garnishes on the tables and are kept in a central location that the server brings when requested.

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@zichi

"Some chefs are over protective of their dishes."

We used to have a mom-n-pop yakiniku restaurant nearby where the guy was super protective of the meat he served. If you try to alter it in any way, you'd get booted and banned.

That was some of the best yakiniku I have ever eaten.

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I have a first-hand experience of being a guest at Foolery Guesthouse. I was physically attacked by Genryu because I wanted to SLEEP (You know, as you do in a place you pay to sleep at.) BTW, this is NOT a restaurant! It's a guesthouse that people pay to sleep at during their travels. Genryu slashing a guest for putting pepper on the food he prepared is not because he is an accomplished chef at a restaurant.

He is renting his house out to travelers. There are multiple reviews outlining the dangerous and violent nature of the host and idk why he still has his business even after being arrested for something like this.

so it is possible that death threats and knife-play are a part of their regular relationship, but these criminal charges might suggest otherwise.

I really dont understand the point of this being mentioned. If it is not proven or explicitly stated by the victim that "knife-play" is just "a part of their regular relationship", there is no need to suggest this in the article -- it downplays the crime and misleads readers. Friends who "knife-play" wouldn't criminally charge each other, I believe.

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@SandyBeachHeavenToday  08:51 am JST My ex likes pepper. Maybe I should send my ex there.

USDOS: “As a matter of courtesy and respect at Japanese establishments,

*use only the condiments and garnishes provided by the chef.*”

Basically, don’t add extra ‘seasoning’ to your food in Japan. It’s viewed as rude and disrespectful to the chef.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

I say it's STRESS, Thing are really bad restaurants and bars these days.

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Foolery once, shame on You. Foolery twice, shame on Me.’ .. the two men apparently had known each other for a long time.

Wow! This ‘victim’ really knew how to ‘push his buttons’. However, it’s no excuse for assault (or, attempted murder...) on another person.

‘...admitted to becoming enraged, claiming that he didn’t intend to cut the victim....punched the guest in the head and brandished a chef’s knife, shouting threats “I’ll kill you!” In the midst of the flurry of punches and kicks,...cut the victim...”

*“The website for Guesthouse ...with pretty high ratings... praised the meditation classes, and the “owner” *for his friendly nature”.

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