Tuesday, February 15, 2005


The thing about being concerned for your health is, you start eating the damnedest things. When I came to Japan, I wasn't crazy about sushi and sashimi. But with a little fear to help me along, it has become a major part of my diet. Kaitenzushi restaurants, in which a conveyor belt circulates plates of sushi continuously among the customers as a handful of chefs keep it stocked, are something I will miss when my time in Japan has ended. The competitive chains are cheap, charging 100-120 yen (around a dollar US) per empty plate you've stacked up in the course of a meal. My personal record is eight plates in one sitting, but I invariably end up sitting next to some scrawny university student who puts away nineteen or so.

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