Free entertainment – Food for 270 Yen – Fukuoka!
Japan is the country of friendliness and good manners. Even in humble places where you would not expect good service by western standards, Japanese workers will take pride in what they do and show their best.
Just as we walked outside our apartment building we were greeted by a construction worker who guided us with his laser stick. Although there was no danger apparent (Japanese construction sites are the safest in the world), it was a nice gesture.
I quickly learned to appreciate Japanese cultural advancements and especially not to take it for granted.
There is also a lot of free entertainment in Japan. Today, we stumbled upon an open air concert in our district (Tenjin), as part of Fukuoka’s ‘Music City Tenjin‘ program and attended a free rock concert with many performing punk rock artists.
Listen in, if you like.
Night owls socialize at Fukuoka’s characteristic food stands (which you already met, if have read my previous post).
Other than that Fukuoka looks more like this.
The city has splendid public toilets, even though some can now be called retro looking. Despite its age, the washbasin has a futuristic design with a built in soap dispenser, water tap and hand dryer!
Eating out is always an adventure. One of our favourite places is the all-for-270-Yen izakaya. Because of the unbeatable prices, but also because of the fun touch-screen-menu.
This is how you work the detachable menu panel. If the electronic menu does not have an English version, do go by the pictures to order food. It is so much fun!
Watch the video for a quick demo.
This is what we ordered. Kimchi and cucumber for starters.
Sashimi salad. Japanese like to add raw egg yolk to their dishes. I had to get used to that but I now I like it!
The best pizza is made in Japan! Thin and crisp and a perfect size.
The other day we had tofu hot pot.
Fried mochi cheese balls.
Fried sardines with pickled plum.
It has been served.
Best dessert from the menu: crème brûlée with fruits and cream.
These kind of budget izakaya chains are all over Japan. To find one, simply look out for signs of restaurant names with a price (like 270/290 Yen). Every drink and dish you order will only cost that much. There will also be special nomihodai (all you can drink) offers. They are incredibly cheap as well, usually around 1,000 Yen for a wide variety of cocktails, liquors and drinks.
I like Japanese minimalist interior.
You will have to leave your shoes at a shoe shelf and change to izakaya slippers (provided by the restaurant).
Or you can walk barefoot until you reach the toilet and are well advised to wear something on da feet.
There will also be a place to leave your umbrella. No worries – in Japan, no one will ever take your stuff. It wasn’t raining that day!
Umblera! Japanese tend to get the ‘r’ and ‘l’ sound mixed up a lot :)
Japan is entertaining – all the way!