part 2: http://lang-8.com/mino/journals/1559406/For-people-who-want-to-visit-or-live-in-Japan-%2528part-2%2529
and part 3 too: http://lang-8.com/mino/journals/1561164/For-people-who-want-to-visit-or-live-in-Japan-%2528part-3%2529
Today, I’ll talk about “Foods and products” in Japan.
“Foods and products”
Tourists from other countries say that restaurants in Japan are expensive. But actually, some restaurants are not expensive at all.
There are so many cheap chain restaurants in Japan, such as “Yoshinoya (吉野家)”, “Matsuya (松屋)”, “Sukiya (すき家)”, “Fujisoba (富士そば)”, and “Saizeriya (サイゼリヤ)”.
In those restaurants, a “gyudon (beef-on-rice dish)” is 280 yen ($3.5), a “soba (buckwheat noodles)” is 280 yen ($3.5, actually you can find cheaper soba), a doria (this is so good) is 299 yen ($3.62), and a glass of wine is 100 yen ($1.2).
Those prices include tax, and you don’t pay tips in Japan.
I calculate them as 1 dollar is 80 yen. As you may know, yen is way expensive now, so if it’s not, those prices in dollar get way cheaper.
Japanese products are also sometimes very cheap.
You can find many cheap products on Rakuten:
“Rakuten Global Market”
They also have expensive products, but there are so many shops which register on this e-bay website that price competition is so severe, which makes those prices cheaper.
And, Japan is a small country, so sometimes, those shops don’t ask you to pay for shipping fee.
If you want to buy books, Amazon is good:
They sell books cheaply without shipping fee. What’s more, you often receive books within a couple days.
They also have so many books written in English:
Japanese consumers are so strict about price and quality, and basically, we are conservative. I think Japanese consumers are the hardest ones in the world to be satisfied with products or service. That’s why, I think, there are also always cheap and not bad quality products or service in Japan.
If you hesitate to come to Japan just because of money, I want you to take consider the above things.
I would be so happy if you decide to visit or live in Japan. I’m looking forward to seeing you in Japan :)