They’re coming back to Tokyo

4 Mar

In 1980, Wendy’s, the American fast-food restaurant, opened their first restaurant in Tokyo and from there they opened many more shops around Japan.

But in 2009, Wendy’s closed all of their shops in Japan.

It says "Wendy's Hamburger"

Well, Wendy’s just announced yesterday that they will be re-entering the Japanese market. They will be bring the Wendy’s restaurants back to Japan.
The first shops are due to open in Tokyo this autumn.

Also coming back to Japan is the 「ハヤブサ」新幹線 (“Hayabusa” bullet-train).

This was a line started in 1958 but discontinued in 2009.

Well, I saw an ad at a train station that tomorrow (2011 March 5) the 「ハヤブサ」 (“Hayabusa”) bullet train will re-commence.
It will connect Tokyo to Shin-Aomori in northern Japan.

There a brand new slick 「ハヤブサ」 (“Hayabusa”) train that will make it’s debut tomorrow when the bullet-train service begins.

From left to right, Tokyo's skyline becomes more and more modern.

Do you like Wendy’s?

Have you ever ridden a bullet train before?

8 Responses to “They’re coming back to Tokyo”

  1. metalodyssey March 6, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

    Wendy’s food is okay overall. Just like any other fast food restaurant though, you have to really watch at the drive-thru window that they give you exactly what you ordered! Plus, if you ask Wendy’s for ketchup, make sure they “actually” put the ketchup packets in the bag! Ugh.


    • tokyo5 March 6, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

      >you have to really watch…that they give you exactly what you ordered! Plus, …make sure they “actually” put the ketchup packets in the bag!

      Those types of things almost never happen in Japan. People here take their job seriously…even if they work in a fast-food place.


      • metalodyssey March 7, 2011 at 5:49 am #

        Your lucky! Honestly, EVERY fast food drive-thru window is nothing but stress for me. I cannot count how many times a large fry, straw, hamburger or chicken nuggets are missing from my order… take your pick! No fast food chain is immune from this either, based on my personal experiences.

        Plus, “hamburger” here in the U.S. just means “cheeseburger”?? When I request a hamburger “without” cheese for my kids, well, a cheeseburger comes in the bag regardless. I’ve just taught myself to “expect the unexpected” when ordering at fast food joints… especially the drive-thru windows!


      • tokyo5 March 7, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

        >a hamburger “without” cheese

        That’s crazy! Do you actually have to request a hamburger that way?? And it still doesn’t work?

        Actually, I remember having some “adventures” like that at fast-food drive-thrus when I lived in America.
        I guess it’s probably just better to walk inside the restaurant and order when at fast-food places in America.


  2. Sven March 5, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    There are no Wendy’s in Sweden, and I haven’t been to any elsewhere. Shinkansen is great! Far above Swedish trains in quality and reliability. Expensive yes, but worth it.


    • tokyo5 March 5, 2011 at 7:14 pm #

      >There are no Wendy’s in Sweden, and I haven’t been to any elsewhere.

      It’s only fast-food…you’re not missing out on anything so special.

      >Shinkansen is great! Expensive yes, but worth it.

      They’re expensive compared to “local” trains…but they’re not used that way. They’re for long distance…and are less expensive than domestic air travel.


  3. sixmats March 5, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

    I hope Wendy’s finds its way up to Sendai. In fact, there’s an empty building near my apartment that would make a great location.


    • tokyo5 March 5, 2011 at 7:11 pm #

      That’s why I like living in the big city. Tokyo has everything…well, with the exception of “elbow room”, I guess. 🙂


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