I’ve been really surprised at the cost of food in Japan. It’s much cheaper than I remember. Today we bought katsu curry for lunch and it only cost about £3.00 each. We went out tonight for sukiyaki, which I thought would be really expensive, and paid around £10.00 each. Although the food has been really cheap it is very expensive to have anything to drink. In some places it costs £2.50 for a glass of coke and a small glass at that. We have been mainly drinking water as we are given this on entering any restaurant.
Tonight I had been hoping to have something more interesting to drink. But we ran into a problem. No-one in the restaurant could understand English. And Marty didn’t know the Japanese for any of the cocktails I wanted. I knew the restaurant served them because they gave us an English menu. The problem was that the English menu didn’t have the same layout as the Japanese one and it didn’t have any pictures. So although it was available it was completely useless to the Japanese staff who couldn’t read it. And therefore useless to us. It was a bit annoying being able to see that the restaurant served lots of things I would like but then being unable to order them.