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Traditional Japanese Restaurant
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Posted By: RobG, 04-29-2014, 04:51 AM

Sadly, I miss out on a lot of very authentic restaurants and pubs in Japan, because they usually only have their menus in Japanese. I can figure out hiragana and katakana, but kanji is still too hard. It's great when I'm with a Japanese friend so we can go to such places. It's a shame to miss them!




Set meals in japan are wonderful!




And this will give you an idea of the challenge of reading the menu - even the prices are in kanji! We had the first two items (reading right to left); the Kado Set meal and Grilled Fish of the Day set meal.



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Thanks for sharing these - Japanese restaurants are great. Luckily i always have some Japanes friends with me, otherwise I would be completely lost.Need to go back soon.
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They are simple in design to the point of being austere but I like it.
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Thanks for sharing these - Japanese restaurants are great. Luckily i always have some Japanes friends with me, otherwise I would be completely lost.Need to go back soon.
You're lucky that you always have native speakers with you!

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They are simple in design to the point of being austere but I like it.
Me too. The austere designs originate from Zen Buddhism, which was a way of thinking for hundreds of years in Edo period Japan. I like it too - I wish I could achieve the same sparse simplicity in my own home!

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the challenge of reading the menu
You can at least order the Curry Rice :-)

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I like it too - I wish I could achieve the same sparse simplicity in my own home!
Yes, the simplicity of Japanese houses is beautiful. Although most of the Japanese private homes I've seen, there is a surprising amount of clutter, stuff lying around etc....

Nice pictures, btw, they make me long for the summer... less than 3 months, and I'm there again :-)
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Wow meal looks good. Kudos to you ! I would have no clue on what anything said - hard enough time with English in anything but a times new roman font ha!
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You can at least order the Curry Rice :-)
True, but I make カレーライス myself at home!

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Yes, the simplicity of Japanese houses is beautiful. Although most of the Japanese private homes I've seen, there is a surprising amount of clutter, stuff lying around etc....Nice pictures, btw, they make me long for the summer... less than 3 months, and I'm there again :-)
Thanks! I wish I was there sooner too, but summer in Japan is a time I prefer to miss. Too humid! I agree, there's a difference between the classic Edo period austerity and reality in most contemporary Japanese homes. I did get to visit a beautiful traditional wooden home in Ibaraki though, and sat at the heated table
in the central room to drink tea.

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Wow meal looks good. Kudos to you ! I would have no clue on what anything said - hard enough time with English in anything but a times new roman font ha!
Thanks, I know the feeling! Now I have a few more words, I need to be more adventurous when I'm on my own. The meal was good - lots of great food in Japan if you just try it and don't get stuck on what you might be eating! Most of it really isn't so strange. Sometimes I wonder if Colonel Sanders visited Japan and discovered karaage (fried chicken).
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