Something Surprising About Japanese Restaurants? -Joel
Hi everyone, this is Joel from Kinshicho school! I've lived in Japan for 4 years now, but there's still something surprising to me about Japanese restaurants.
First, I have a question: when you don't finish your food at a restaurant, what happens to it? In America, we take the food home - it becomes our leftovers! I can put it in the refrigerator and enjoy the food for lunch or dinner another day. Almost every family in America does this! For me, I have a small appetite so I can't eat so much usually, but by taking the food home, I could enjoy two meals for the price of one.
In Japan, though, when I asked to take the food home, the waitress gave me a strange look. In Japan, it seems like most people don't take food home if they can't finish at a restaurant. I thought, "What a waste!" But, after thinking more carefully, I realized the reason. In Japan, the summers are very hot and humid. So, if people take food home, it might spoil and make people sick. My hometown has mild weather, so taking food home was no problem at all!
Anyways, summer is coming soon in Japan now! Let's all try to stay cool and comfortable!