I just had one of the weirdest experiences trying to join a gym out here. I decided to join a gym for the swimming – that is one thing that I can’t really do on my own. So I looked through their brochure and decided on a time (I had to choose a specific 3 hour period to be at the gym each day). The brochure mentioned there was a $50 initial entrance charge; something that is common in Japan.
I went to the gym with money in hand ready to pay when the following conversation took place:
me: “I’d like to join in the 3 pm – 6 pm slot please”
staff: “Is this your first time?”
me: “No, I was a member for awhile about a year ago.”