Sixteen Blue (+ 5)

30 01 2009

I turned 21 today. To be honest, my birthday isn’t all that important to me, so I celebrated by doing something I planned to do anyway, going out with some friends from the KCJS program. We went out for conveyor belt sushi, a fast, efficient, and relatively cheap way to eat enough raw fish to feel like you’re going to explode.

The conveyor belt brings all sorts of different items, from unagi (eel) sushi, to chicken nuggets, to "cheesecake", or rather sponge cake (which leads me to believe that Japanese people may not know what cheesecake is).

The conveyor belt brings all sorts of different items, from unagi (eel) sushi, to chicken nuggets, to "cheesecake", or rather sponge cake (which leads me to believe that Japanese people may not know what cheesecake is).

Each plate costs 105 yen, so you can get a decent amount of food for a relatively small amount, and the atmosphere of the restaurant lends itself to casual gatherings. None of it was exactly high-grade, but the eel was pretty satisfying. And did I mention it was cheap?

If you have any special requests, you enter them on a picture touch screen above your table and then a miniature Shinkansen above the conveyor belt brings the order straight to the table.

If you have any special requests, you enter them on a picture touch screen above your table and then a miniature Shinkansen above the conveyor belt brings the order straight to the table.

The tallying system works similar to dim sum where the waitress counts all of your plates when you’re done to get your final charge. Perhaps encouraged by my private milestone, I polished off ten plates by myself, though two of my friends made it through fifteen.

Typical table layout at the restaurant.

Typical table layout at the restaurant.

Thanks to everyone who sent me birthday wishes, and I hope everyone’s doing well. I’m having a great time in Kyoto, and can’t think of a better place to celebrate my 21st, even if I learned tonight that convenience store employees here apparently don’t check ids, or at least foreigner’s ids. Everybody’s cool here, unlike America.

Music I’m Listening to Now: The Replacements, “Black Diamond”

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