For those of you just tuning in, last post started the series, “You Know You`re In Japan When….” Welcome to this week`s photo flipping, page turning episode entitled:
“You know you`re in Japan when you start taking pictures of your food.”
There are several surprising reasons why one would take pictures of food.
1) When faced with the option of getting the special, make sure you know what it is, otherwise something extremely special will show up. In Japan it is considered rude to laugh at the waiter when he drops a tuna skeleton on the table.
Rather than picking it up and gnawing on the bones to get that juicy “next to the bone meat,” you scrape a spoon along the sides.
2) Often too much information regarding ingredients comes along with the item. I`m not sure what “Fasty Placenta” is, but in general, I`d prefer not getting bogged down in the active ingredients listing.
3) The portion sizes leave one feeling like chipping off a chunk of the table to finish off the meal.
4) When “Cod Sperm” and “Gizzard Shad” are listed elsewhere on the menu as available items, it`s best not to ask when a complimentary delight of unknown origin shows up.
5) While you evaluate your food`s taste, it devises an escape route.
7) Is it decoration or food? Sometimes it`s difficult to tell. Hint: if it`s on a plate, it`s edible.
8) Things that should be served with Ranch Dressing, sugar or butter are served au naturel. And people buy it. And people eat it. And like it. Astonishing. And the reason the Japanese are skinny while the rest of us aren`t.
11) Be careful with the snacks. They bite back.