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Basic Japanese for Dining Out in Japan (Part 2)

Basic Japanese for Dining Out in Japan (Part 2)

Basic Japanese for Dining Out in Japan (Part 2)

In part 1 of Basic Japanese Dining Out in Japan I mentioned a few things that you should know when dining out in Japan. There are still a lot of place that don’t have an English menu or staff that can speak English so it’s helpful to know a few things before going out to eat in Japan.

One of the things that I mentioned in part 1 are things that you should know right when you walk into a restaurant. To sum up everything that I mentioned in the first blog.. pretty much you will be asked how many people you will be dining in as soon as you walk in. I mentioned a few key words to know and what to respond in the first blog. Then you’ll be asked whether you want to be seated in a smoking or non-smoking area.

The next thing to know is what to say when you have dietary restrictions due to allergies, health concerns, or religious reasons. Because in Japan even broth is made from dried fish. So if you are vegetarian or have allergies make sure to check this out before ordering.

Basic Japanese for Dining Out in Japan (Part 2)

(source: https://www.livestrong.com/blog/7-reasons-consider-pescatarian-diet/)

People in Japan will not know words like pescatarian, gluten free, vegan etc but the word allergy and vegetarian is pretty similar in Japanese. Allergy in Japanese is arerugii and then vegetarian is pronounced bejitarian.

It might be good to be familiar with some of the things that you are allergic to. Depending on which restaurant you are at they may or may not be able to make changes to their menu for you. However, there are a lot of restaurants that are not able to change the menu to your dietary needs so you will need to find a restaurant that does.

Basic Japanese for Dining Out in Japan (Part 2)

(source: http://jpninfo.com/25747)

When you are seated at your table you will almost always be handed a hot wet towel or there will be a wet sheet paper in plastic on the table. This is given to you so that you can clean your hands before eating. This is a service that Japanese people provide out of the kindness of their heart so that you don’t have to get up and go to the bathroom to wash your hands before eating.

Basic Japanese for Dining Out in Japan (Part 2)

(source; https://thetruejapan.com/how-to-order-food-in-japanese/)

When you want to order there will either be a bell that you can press or you can put up your hand and yell sumimasen! And this means excuse me! A lot of menus have pictures so if it does then you can point to what you want. When you point to what you want you can say kore kudasai and this means I would like this.

You will also be given water when you first arrive but if not you can ask for water which is ohiya kudasai for I would like ice water or you can say omizu kudasai which is I would like water. If you would like hot water you can say oyu kudasai. Or to order beer you can say nama kudasai or for bottled beer you can say bin-biru kudasai.

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