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Japanese Fast Food Trumps Everyone Else’s Fast Food

Sushi Daidokoya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Kaiten zushi is sushi given the fast food treatment; also known as conveyor belt sushi by English-speakers, it’s sushi done cheap, quick and — most importantly — delicious.

Both Edu and I love sushi, and so our first weekend in Tokyo, we stopped at Sushi-Daidokoya to have our first kaiten zushi experience.

Sushi Daidokoya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Sushi Daidokoya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

It works pretty similarly to other conveyor belt sushi joints — you can place your order with one of the servers, who then calls them out to the chefs behind the bar.  Or you can just grab items off of the conveyor belt as they pass in front of you.  Once you’ve cleaned them off, you can stack your plates, which are colour-coded depending on the price of the item. At the end of your meal, the server determines how much to charge you based on the quantity and colour of your empty dishes.

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I totally meant to take more pictures than this, but the food was too good and I’m too impatient.

The second kaiten zushi restaurant we checked out was the slightly more modern Genki Sushi.

Genki Sushi is actually a chain of restaurants with locations all over Japan, Singapore, and the USA, among others. The basic idea is the same as your typical kaiten zushi, only you place your orders through an iPad.

The menu comes in various languages, including English. You can order three items at a time, which arrive speedily on these tracks moments after you place your request.

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On a related note:

Japanese Lesson of the Day:  とてもおいしいですね!(totemo oishii desu ne) — “It’s really delicious!”

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A Walk in the Neighbourhood

Tokyo is the largest metropolitan area in the world, with a population of over 13 million people; Shibuya is known for being a bustling centre of nightlife and youth culture and also home to the famous Shibuya Crossing.

Knowing this, one of the observations I was most struck by when we first arrived here was how quiet our neighbourhood in Shibuya-ku is.  We live very close via metro to the tourist centres of Shinjuku and Shibuya Station. However, don’t let the colourful signs fool you — our neighbourhood in itself is actually very peaceful. There are barely any cars, and at night, all you can hear is the sound of cicadas. It’s definitely the safest place in which I’ve ever lived.

This is the street we take to get to work each morning.

It is really safe here; seeing young children (like this boy) walking about town by themselves is a common sight.

Another testament to the safety of this neighbourhood — no one locks up their bike! Conversely, back in Santa Monica, my bike was stolen within a week of moving into our old apartment.

Total environment reference shot.

Entrance to a tiny park.


In spite of how narrow the streets are, they are shared by drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians alike.

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