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How to Eat and Drink Like A Local in Japan

How to Eat and Drink Like A Local in Japan

Japan can be a dizzying place to make food choices.

You’re trying to tick everything off your wish list while revisiting favourites, and being on the lookout for unknown gems – all against a backdrop of indecipherable menus, shop protocol (“OK, now I have this ticket from the vending machine, how do I get my food?”), venue evaluation (tiny “homely” restaurant vs. someone’s living room), and locational logistics (up an elevator, down an escalator, into a train station restaurant strip, down an alleyway off an alleyway). And the immensity of the dining scene is not just numbers of places, but of people: walk home at 2am and you’ll still see restaurants packed.