出前

8 Feb

In your country, what types of food can you have delivered?

Is it good? Is it expensive?

As far as I remember, in America only pizza and maybe Chinese food is available for delivery.

Isn’t that right?

In Japan, you can have 寿司 (Sushi), カレー (Curried rice), ラメーン (Ramen), お弁当 (Japanese box lunches), (alcohol), ピザ (pizza), “Kentucky Fried Chicken“, and more delivered to your home.

All of it is quite good and most is quite affordable.

梅酒 (Plum wine) can be delivered to your home (as well as beer, sake, wine, etc)

梅酒 (Plum wine) can be delivered to your home (as well as beer, sake, wine, etc)

寿司 (Sushi) is usually about ¥100 (US $0.90) a piece.

寿司 (Sushi) is usually about ¥100 (US $0.90) a piece.

カツカレー (Pork cutlet & curry rice)

カツカレー (Pork cutlet & curry rice)

When you order 出前 (delivery) Sushi, Ramen, Curried rice and other foods like that, it usually comes served on ceramic dishes. When you finish the meal, you wash the dishes and put them outside your front door…and the delivery man comes back the next day to pick up the dishes.

Would such a system work in your country?

One thing that is expensive in Japan is ピザ (pizza), though.

I think the pizza menu is much better in Japan than in America…but many foreigners are surprised by pizza toppings that are popular in Japan, such as Japanese mayonnaise, corn, and potatoes.

Do such pizza toppings seem shocking to you? They’re actually quite good.

Japan has American pizza chains “Dominos” and “Pizza Hut“, as well as domestic chains like “Pizza-La” and “Wheely“.

Because the differences in toppings, pizza restaurants in Japan (even the American one) serve better side menus, desserts and drink choices than in America. (Most Japanese people could never eat just pizza for dinner. They want a salad and maybe some other side dish, as well.)

Another difference is the price. We almost never order a pizza…as I mentioned above, Japanese food is much more affordable in Japan than pizza.

For example, I checked prices on both the U.S. “Dominos and Japanese “Dominos websites.

In America, a large “Honolulu Hawaiian” pizza with a coupon costs US$13 (¥1198*)…but a comparable pizza at Dominos in Japan is called the 「トロピカル」 (“Tropical“) and costs ¥3100 (US $33.65*) for a large pie.

*(US dollar amounts are based on the ¥→US$ exchange rate on February 8, 2009. The US dollar is currently very weak.)

U.S. "Dominos" menu

U.S. "Dominos" menu

At "Dominos Japan", you can get a "Quattro" pizza and a salad or potatoes for about US$25.

At "Dominos Japan", you can get a "Quattro" pizza and a salad or potatoes for about US$25.

Kids' "Pikachu set" at "Dominos Japan"

Kids' "Pikachu set" at "Dominos Japan"

"Mayo, Tuna, Corn Pizza" is actually quite good!

"Mayo, Tuna, Corn Pizza" is actually quite good!

Baked potato is a side-dish at <i>Dominos Japan</i>.

Baked potato is a side-dish at Dominos Japan.

Shrimp and potatoes is another side-menu here.

Shrimp and potatoes is another side-menu here.

<i>Coke</i>, orange juice, 御茶 (Green Tea), 紅茶 (Brown Tea)

Dominos Japan's drink choices: Coke, orange juice, 御茶 (Green Tea), 紅茶 (Brown Tea)

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42 Responses to “出前”

  1. Chris December 20, 2009 at 1:47 am #

    Online translators are where it’s at, man. 😉

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    • tokyo5 December 20, 2009 at 2:13 am #

      I’ve tried them before…they often give inaccurate translations.

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  2. Chris December 19, 2009 at 11:16 am #

    It basically says “I think it’s excellent!”.

    Also, Domino’s over here has started revamping their product quite a bit after admitting it was basically trash. I had some of their pizza a couple days ago. It’s much better now!

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    • tokyo5 December 19, 2009 at 11:54 am #

      >It basically says “I think it’s excellent!”.

      Can you read Russian…or did you use an online translator? 😉

      >Domino’s…basically trash. I had some of their pizza a couple days ago. It’s much better now!

      I like Domino’s…but it’s expensive in Japan.
      My daughter works there so we get a 50% discount! 🙂
      Domino’s Japan was on the news recently because a number of their shops are losing money.

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  3. плешка в Челнах December 18, 2009 at 4:27 am #

    я думаю: отлично!

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    • tokyo5 December 18, 2009 at 8:48 pm #

      I couldn’t imagine what might give you the impression that I understand Russian.

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  4. tokyo5 February 15, 2009 at 10:11 pm #

    Masako…

    >do you know what Bachi is? I don’t know if its a Hawaii-Japanese thing or if it came from Japan.

    It’s like “karma”. I think “bachi is said more in Hawaii than here.
    In Japan, the expression is “bachi-ga-ataru”.

    >We do have a local beer called Primo

    I’ve never seen it.

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  5. Masako February 15, 2009 at 9:37 am #

    “Really? Do you like beer? You should try Orion!
    (BTW, does Hawaii have a local beer?)”

    I used to like beer but alcohol doesn’t agree with me now. Bachi from drinking so much in my younger years…by the way do you know what Bachi is? I don’t know if its a Hawaii-Japanese thing or if it came from Japan. We do have a local beer called Primo and have a few restaurants with microbrewies.

    “Did you like it? I like that, too. (I like any alcohol 😉 ).”

    Yes I liked it but my body could not handle more than a sip.

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  6. tokyo5 February 14, 2009 at 5:35 pm #

    Masako…

    >I love to eat Goya

    I was surprised by it’s taste the first time I tried it. But I like it!

    >(bittermelon)

    Is that the name of it in English? I didn’t know.

    >It is popular here in Hawaii

    Really? I guess Hawaii and Okinawa really are similar.

    >I did not try the Orion beer.

    Really? Do you like beer? You should try Orion!
    (BTW, does Hawaii have a local beer?)

    >I did try the awamori with the Habu snake inside.

    Did you like it? I like that, too. (I like any alcohol 😉 ).

    >The highlight of my trip to Okinawa was meeting a cousin of my great grandfather.

    That’s great that you could meet family in Japan!

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  7. Masako February 14, 2009 at 4:55 pm #

    “Have you tried ゴヤ (Goya)?
    How about Okinawa’s “Orion” beer?”

    I love to eat Goya (bittermelon). It is popular here in Hawaii eaten either Japanese style with shoyu and eggs, Hawaiian style with spam and eggs or Chinese style with black bean sauce. I had it in Okinawa in stir fry, as a burger, in cookies and ice cream. I did not try the Orion beer. I did try the awamori with the Habu snake inside.

    “Yeah, you must be Okinawan! ;)”
    I am Uchinanchu (Okinawan) on my moms side and Japanese on my dads side. My dads side is from Yamaguchi Ken. I am a Yonsei (fourth generation of Japanese/Okinawan imigrants) The highlight of my trip to Okinawa was meeting a cousin of my great grandfather. Even though he talked to us in broken english and I talked to them in broken Japanese it was like we had known each other forever……That was so neat!

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  8. tokyo5 February 13, 2009 at 11:02 pm #

    Masako…

    >I visited Okinawa last March. We also went to Fukuoka, Beppu, Kumamoto, Nagasaki, Yamagushi and Hiroshima on that trip.

    You’ve been all over Japan!

    >I am half Okinawan so I wanted to visit the Motherland.

    Are you half-Okinawan? Your name is Masako, so I thought you must have Japanese blood.

    > It is similar to Hawaii.

    Yes. As I wrote in the comment above, I think Okinawa is Japan’s Hawaii.

    >The food is great!

    Yes, I agree.
    I love their noodles. And ミミガ (pig’s ears).

    Have you tried ゴヤ (Goya)?
    How about Okinawa’s “Orion” beer?

    >Spam is very popular there too just like in Hawaii.

    Yes, Spam and root-beer were introduced to both Okinawa and Hawaii from the U.S. military.
    And to this day, they’re popular in both places.

    A couple of years ago, there was an “Okinawa boom” in Tokyo. Okinawan restaurants and markets opened all over the place…before that, most people in Tokyo had never heard of Spam.

    Root-beer, though, didn’t catch on here. It’s a terrible drink, I feel.

    >A popular thing to make here is Spam musubi.

    Yeah, you must be Okinawan! 😉

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  9. Masako February 13, 2009 at 3:20 pm #

    I visited Okinawa last March. We also went to Fukuoka, Beppu, Kumamoto, Nagasaki, Yamagushi and Hiroshima on that trip. I am half Okinawan so I wanted to visit the Motherland. I loved it! It is similar to Hawaii. The food is great! My favorites was the shoyu pork, bittermelon and pig feet soup. Spam is very popular there too just like in Hawaii. A popular thing to make here is Spam musubi.

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  10. tokyo5 February 12, 2009 at 11:40 pm #

    Masako…

    >My daughter is 21 and my son is 16. We found out that one of his classmates is on our tour.

    That must be fun for him, then! Having his friend in Japan together.

    >How old are your children?

    My daughters are 12, 14, and 15.

    > Have you guys been to Hawaii?

    No. Well, my wife has been there with her friends before we were married.
    I’d like to see Hawaii.

    We have been to Guam as a family once when our kids were small. It was nice.
    I imagine Hawaii’s similar.

    Have you ever been to Okinawa?
    It’s like “Japan’s Hawaii”! 😉
    I like Okinawa. And Okinawan food!

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  11. tokyo5 February 12, 2009 at 11:20 pm #

    Mom…

    >Your blog is getting more a lot more visitors, isn’t it?

    Yes, I appreciate everyone’s comments!

    >have you meant anyone who blogs in person?

    No. Not yet at least.

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  12. Masako February 12, 2009 at 11:52 am #

    My daughter is 21 and my son is 16. We found out that one of his classmates is on our tour. How old are your children? Have you guys been to Hawaii?

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  13. Mom February 12, 2009 at 4:30 am #

    I thought it might surprize you to learn that Dad cooks now. he actually is good with steak, he spoke w/ the butcher at the supermarket about how to cook steak and liked what he heard so came home with 2 big steaks to cook! they were good and tender and he also made potatoes and corn on the cob. do the Japanese have corn on the cob? well, just let us know when you are coming for dinner and we’ll set a place for you.
    Your blog is getting more a lot more visitors, isn’t it? have you meant anyone who blogs in person?in real life, I mean outside of family and old friends.

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  14. tokyo5 February 11, 2009 at 4:11 pm #

    Masako…

    How old are your kids?
    As I have three kids, I might be able to recommend a few places they’d like.

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