Flashback to last year with my Mum and Dad visiting me in Japan. We’d had a full day strolling about Harajuku, Shibuya and finally found ourselves in Shinjuku. Shinjuku is the home of the world famous ‘Robot Restaurant,’ but all of us took one look at the flashing lights, creepy giant robots and nauseatingly loud, kitschy music and immediately said, “Yeah nah,” to paying a visit. However, we still wanted to do something with our afternoon, rather than go back to our Airbnb and nap, so I pulled out my phone and had a look google maps. Located just a 4 minute walk from the robot restaurant I discovered the ‘Ninja Trick House in Tokyo’.
Can’t decide what to eat? Not sure what foie gras is, let alone what it looks like? Are you in a foreign country and can’t understand the language enough to read the menu? Well don’t worry, Japan has solved all these problems for you with the concept of food samples. These perfect replicas of menu items on offer appear in most restaurant windows and, with a quick game of ordering charades (pointing, gesturing and generally nodding at these displays), you’re likely to end up with a delicious meal that looks somewhat like advertised.