Kade kneels next to a stream formed by the San Francisco Glacier, about two hours outside Santiago, Chile.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Dining in Japan

I am simply posting an e-mail and photos I sent to family when Kade and I were in Japan visiting our friend Kana.

Just wanted to show you some interesting facets of Japanese dining.  The first image is from a barbecue we had at Kana's home.  Much like we do in the US, the garage was cleared out, tables were set up and neighbors were invited over.  We ate grilled salmon, scallops, shrimp, etc.  Very tasty.  The second image is of a traditional table setting and meal in a Japanese home.  That night Kana's parents had some sushi delivered, and it was very good.  You've got to learn how to use chopsticks, though.  And you have to be able to sit on the floor!  Luckily, at Kana's home, in the living room, there was a section of empty space underneath the table where your legs could hang.  The final picture is at a local sushi restaurant, where sushi is made fresh in the kitchen, put on plates and covered, then placed on a conveyor belt that delivers it right by the table.  You just select what looks good.  Dip the sushi in soy sauce to give it an authentic taste.  When you pay, a waitress comes around and counts the plates, which are color-coded based on the price.   Purple plates might be $4 and blue plates might be $3.  Also, another interesting thing was that you could buzz the kitchen from the table and use the intercom system if you wanted a special item prepared.  It would then be placed on a conveyor.  Waitresses only served soft drinks and prepared the bill.

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