Our first meal in Japan
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After nearly an entire day of traveling in Japan with no yen and therefore having to literally eat only peanuts while watching the other passengers around us enjoy sushi, sashimi, and bento boxes, we finally struck gold - or as they say here - GOrudo. (Yes, a lot of real Japanese just sounds like a Japanese person trying to pronounce english words, seriously!) We asked our hostel host Jin (Gene) to suggest a nearby sushi place for lunch. He drew us a map and suggested a place called Sushi-ro, which loosely translated means "THE MOST AWESOME PLACE OF ALL TIME EVER!" (or maybe just "sushi restaurant")... He told us it would be about 50 cents per piece, but we were sure he misspoke in his broken english. Anyhoo, it was only about 2 blocks away so we headed out, ready to finally eat some real Japanese sushi.
We arrive to a full house of Japanese lunch guests. After getting our number in line, an elderly woman entered and we gave her our seat and said "dozo" or "please go ahead". She spent the next several minutes thanking us and blabbering on in Japanese about who-knows-what and laughing and bowing. We bowed and smiled and hoped she wasn't expecting a response. Nope! Sweet. I think that counts as a converstion with a local - check!
Ok so they called our number and sat us in a booth. To our left, like an endless stockpile of deliciousness, was a moving belt carrying dozens upon dozens of sushi and other japanese dishes. the belt went all the way around the restaurant by every single table.
For the first twenty minutes we discovered how hard it is to eat when you are giggling hysterically in awe of the awesomeness.
All in all, we were able to clear 19 plates, 1 bowl of noodles, and 1 bowl of salad - all for less than $25!!!! When we got back to the hostel everyone asked how many plates we ate, and they weren't that impressed. Next time we better shoot for 30.
Later in the day we visited the Golden Temple "Kinkakuji". It was pretty cool; we took some nice pictures. Honestly, we were both still in shock from lunch. All in all, a great first day in Nihon (Japan)!