Sushi Rampage in Okayama, Japan

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Sushi is easily one of my most favorite foods! Though it is one of those dishes that I have a hard time introducing to others. Because it seems that they either love it or they hate it and there’s no gray area. But for as long as I can remember I’ve always liked sushi. While traveling in Japan I had a chance to eat at a kaitenzushi restaurant, and I couldn’t have been more excited.

Kaitenzushi is sushi that is considered to be fast-food. And these restaurants are much different from traditional sushi restaurants. They feature a conveyor belt that runs throughout the restaurant and goes by every seat. While traveling in Okayama during my study abroad, my group and I went to one. This was my first time having kaitenzushi, and it was a very worthwhile experience.

After taking a seat I just marveled at all the sushi that was gliding along the conveyor belt in front of me. Each plate on the belt had at least two pieces of sushi. Sometimes they had four, depending on the size of the pieces. Some plates had other food items; such as cakes, fruit, or juice boxes. The way it worked was that if you see a plate that you like then you can pull it off the conveyor belt. After you finish eating a waiter or waitress will come by and count how many plates you’ve eaten and determine the total cost of your meal.

If you didn’t see any plates on the conveyor belt that you like then you can send an order to the kitchen. Each seat had a touch screen in front of it that you can use to submit an order. I wasn’t able to read any of the words on the screen, but fortunately it included pictures of each dish. Shortly after submitting my order a small train running along a separate track higher above the conveyor belt came from the kitchen. The train stopped right in front of my seat, holding the plates of food that I’d ordered. After removing the plates I pushed a round button and the train returned to the kitchen. I thought it was so cool! I would deliberately order plates from the kitchen so the train would come by. Even if I saw them on the conveyor belt!

Needless to say I went on a bit of a rampage and ate a lot of sushi! I ended up with a stack of 17 plates by the end of my meal. The waitress that came over to count my plates was quite impressed.

Empty plates of sushi and other goodies!

I was very happy to see so much sushi! I also had the chance to eat at kaitenzushi restaurants a few other times while living in England. They make for a great experience. I hope you enjoyed this post. As always, if you did please share it. Have you ever eaten at a kaitenzushi restaurant? Leave a comment below and tell about your experience. Thank you for visiting my blog, have a great day!

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