回転寿司

26 Jun

Today my wife and I went to a Levi’s outlet sale in 新宿 (Shinjuku, Tokyo).

We bought some clothes for our kids.

While we were in 新宿 (Shinjuku), we had lunch at 三葉回転寿司 (Mitsuba conveyor-belt sushi).

Do they have 回転寿司 (conveyor-belt sushi) restaurants in your country?

At this type of sushi restaurant, the sushi chef prepares various types of sushi and puts them on different colored plates. Each colored plate represents the price for that particular sushi.

Then the sushi is placed on a conveyor-belt and goes around and when the one you want passes in front of you, you can take it off and eat it.

When you’re ready to leave, the restaurant staff calculates how much you owe by counting the colored plates from all the sushi you ate.

You can also request the sushi chef to make a particular sushi that you want, if you don’t see it on the conveyor.

Here are a few photos I took of the sushi and around 新宿 (Shinjuku):

フグ (Blowfish) skin

フグ (Blowfish) skin

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This building in Shinjuku has banners advertising Tokyo's bid for the 2016 Olympics.

This building in Shinjuku has banners advertising Tokyo's bid for the 2016 Olympics.

The banner says: 「Tokyo 2016. 日本だから、できる。 あたらしいオリンピック」 ("Tokyo 2016. This is Japan, so we can can do it...a new Olympics")

The banner says: 「Tokyo 2016. 日本だから、できる。 あたらしいオリンピック!」 ("Tokyo 2016. This is Japan, so we can can do it...a new Olympics!")

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14 Responses to “回転寿司”

  1. ken August 26, 2009 at 7:37 pm #

    fun to watch videos of the people eating a kaiten sushi instead of a video of the sushi going around
    http://japansugoi.com/wordpress/kaiten-sushi-webcam

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    • tokyo5 August 26, 2009 at 11:04 pm #

      Rather than watching a video of sushi, I prefer to go to the shop myself and eat sushi! 😉

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  2. bartman905 June 29, 2009 at 3:48 pm #

    My wife and I also had dinner at a conveyor belt sushi restaurant (near Oriental Bazaar) in Omotesando this weekend. There were many foreigners eating there also, I guess because it is a tourist area.

    Anyway, most of the locals just yelled their order to the sushi chef instead of picking it up from the belt – so we did the same also. Makes sense, it would be just made and fresher.

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    • tokyo5 June 29, 2009 at 7:43 pm #

      Was it your first time to try 回転寿司 (conveyer-belt sushi)?

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      • bartman905 June 29, 2009 at 11:12 pm #

        No, we have been to this restaurant once before and a few others as well.

        I had blogged about this http://bartman905.wordpress.com/2009/04/12/sushi-conveyor-camera/ a couple of months ago, including a cool YouTube of a camera placed on the sushi conveyor belt (not my video).

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      • tokyo5 June 29, 2009 at 11:23 pm #

        Oh that’s right.
        I don’t think that the restaurant staff appreciated that camera…they can be heard talking about it in the video.

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  3. cuteandcurls June 28, 2009 at 10:53 pm #

    Oh yes, I remember about that too. Ive seen this on numerous travel programmes on the telly as the adventurer tries out the famous food in Japan. I guess there are only few restaurants that do serve blow fish I suppose?

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    • tokyo5 June 28, 2009 at 10:56 pm #

      No, actually, there are a number of places to eat フグ (Blowfish).

      Most places that serve it will advertise the fact outside with either a sign, banner or a tank of Blowfish in the front window.

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  4. cuteandcurls June 27, 2009 at 5:44 pm #

    Over here we have the same concept restaurants too, in fact, there’s too many now and some of them offer fusion sushi too. Ahh thats what I miss in some sushi restaurants here ..the hot water tap. There is only one that offers like that but its not close by to me. I prefer my green tea as hot as can be and if its serve lukewarm I find it not so appetising at all with the sushi i eat. Blowfish skin sushi huh ..how does that taste like ..OK i have a question why do they serve two types of soya sauce at the restaurant? Im curious …although i do mix both of them ^_^

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    • tokyo5 June 27, 2009 at 11:49 pm #

      >why do they serve two types of soya sauce at the restaurant? Im curious …although i do mix both of them

      One sauce is 醤油 (soy sauce)…the other is ポン酢 (Ponzu), which is a citrus sauce that many people like on certain types of 寿司 (sushi).

      (And フグ (Blowfish) tastes good…even the skin).

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      • cuteandcurls June 28, 2009 at 2:19 pm #

        I’ll remember to try blowfish one day when Im in Japan

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      • tokyo5 June 28, 2009 at 5:26 pm #

        フグ (Blowfish) has a poison gland that if pierced contaminates the fish and makes eating it potentially deadly.

        Therefore, only sushi chefs who have a special license are permitted to prepare フグ (Blowfish).

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  5. bk201 June 27, 2009 at 9:59 am #

    Australia has the Sushi Train franchise, well the restaurant is called ‘Sushi Train.’ Rarely have eaten kaiten sushi in Australia
    When I had kaiten sushi at Kyoto Station(77 yen a plate if i remember correctly), they also had that hot water tap. Is there any reason for having them?

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    • tokyo5 June 27, 2009 at 11:22 am #

      >…that hot water tap. Is there any reason for having them?

      Oh, I guess I should’ve discussed that in this post (and maybe took a photo of one (a bit of one can be seen in the third photo in this post)).

      Yes, there is a purpose for those.

      At all 回転寿司 (conveyor-belt sushi) restaurants in Japan, you can help yourself to a tea-cup (you can see one in the top photo in this post), and a tea-bag of Japanese Green Tea (お茶)…and then you put the tea-bag into the cup and push the cup against the button under the hot water tap to fill it with hot water to make a cup of Green Tea.

      It’s free.
      Be careful…the water is very hot!

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