Inviting Tourists to Your Table

Inviting Tourists to Your Table

Chris Phillips
Jan 22, 2007

Japanese tourists visiting New York City often ask if they can eat dinner with a "regular American family," according to the Talk of the Town in this week's New Yorker.

The Japanese Travel Bureau here in New York has to turn down these repeated requests becasue they cannot find New Yorkers to host them. "Nobody will do it in New York," said tour leader Carol Elk.

Sign me up! I'd surely host a family of Japanese tourists for a dinner at my apartment and then dream that someday I'd make it to Japan and they would return the exchange. Would you host some tourists and their translator too? What would you serve?

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