When I first came to Japan I had the misconception that sushi would be everywhere and readily available. In a way, it is. I mean, you can buy sushi in the convenience store and it’s pretty good sushi. But I thought kaiten-zushi, or “conveyor belt sushi”, would be more common than it is.
Anyway, my friends asked me what I would like to do for my birthday, and all I could think of was that I wanted to go to the kaiten-zushi! So they sought one out, just a little out of town, and we went down there.
I’m shocked to realise that in my three years of living in Japan this is my first real kaiten-zushi post! Anyway, for those of you who are interested, this is what a Japanese kaiten-zushi looks like inside…
Here’s a typical table. The two people sitting nearest the conveyor belt have to do all the work as they have to pass the sushi to everyone else. They also have a kind of bar where you can sit individually and face the sushi as it goes round.
There are little cards between the different types of sushi, announcing what it is.
When you see something you like, just grab it off the belt.
If you want something you can’t see, you can order it with this screen.
Then it is brought to you on the sushi train.
Don’t forget to press the red button to send the sushi train back!
We noted that conveyor belt sushi restaurants in the UK and Australia don’t have sushi trains, but then my friend commented that, if they did, the trains would probably be delayed anyway. 😉
The plates are so cute.
This restaurant is really easy. All of the ordinary plates (no matter what colour) cost ￥105 each (you just have to watch out for the little bowls or other special dishes). In England, it all gets very complicated depending on the colour of your dish.
Here we all are, enjoying the sushi:
After filling up on sushi, my friends took me to Cats Cafe (sorry, I can’t find a website due to the fact that there are so many “cat cafes” – where you can go and pet cats – in Japan). Cats Cafe is famous for its huge ice cream sundaes (or, “parfait” in Japanese). This is one of the smaller ones:
The desserts in this place are really beautiful!
I got a special chocolate birthday message in mine (thanks guys!!).
I had so much fun, and such a wonderful birthday! Thanks everyone! ありがとうね！