Adorable Japanese Boy Apology for Spilling Water on His Nintendo

Your Apologist has been away and admits he is a bit rusty dissecting apologies, so we’re going to ease back into things with an easy lay up. Our story comes from Japan, a land where they take their apologies seriously, even at an early age:

While some might argue that it’s often Nintendo who should be saying sorry to fans (ha!), one eight-year-old boy in Japan wrote the company an apology after spilling water all over his 3DS.

Japanese Twitter user Illil recounted how the boy had put the Nintendo handheld in his bag with his thermos, but didn’t put the cap on tightly. The thermos tipped over, leaking and submerging a fourth of 3DS in water. Illil told the boy to contact Nintendo himself.

The eight-year-old called a customer service center, arranged for the 3DS to get repaired, and even wrote the following note to Nintendo:


(Image: Twitter user @illil)

AI doesn’t read Japanese, so we take this Kotaku translation on faith:

The letter reads:

I apologize for accidentally getting [my 3DS] wet. I’d like to think I’ve already resigned myself to not seeing my 3DS, which is always with me. From here on out, I aim to close my thermos’ lid correctly. I am truly sorry.

Awww! Obviously, the kid has learned a valuable lesson about securing the lid of your Thermos, regrets his carelessness and is truly resolved not to repeat his mistake. It isn’t clear from the story if his beloved Nintendo game thingy has come back from the repair shop,  but we hope he gets it back soon!



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