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COOL JAPAN / Plastic food samples look good enough to eat

Takine up herewith "Cool Japan" News by Asahi.
It's one of the aspect regarding Japan through Blue Eyes of the person who is living in Japan now.
I'm interested in "Japan" through foreign eyes.
If you have a chance to visit Japan, you may feel the same.
Please enjoy the article below.
http://www.thetokyotraveler.com/files/2008/06/plastic-food.jpg
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ETIENNE'S COOL JAPAN: Plastic food samples look good enough to eat
Mar 17, 2010 by Asahi

Perhaps the greatest adventure for anyone traveling in a country where they don't understand the language may be trying to find something to eat.

Arriving at a restaurant hungry after a day of taking in the sights, you open up the menu only to find the pages filled with descriptions in incomprehensible characters. Resolving to live dangerously, you order something you figure can't be too bad, only to be served something completely different from what you had expected.

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If you don't speak Japanese, just point at the plastic dish that takes your fancy. (ETIENNE BARRAL)

So it is no wonder foreign visitors to Japan show their appreciation for the plastic food samples showcased in front of eateries found all over the country.

With scale models as appetizing as the real thing on display, one can get a pretty good idea about what they are about to order, the size of the servings, and so on.

And they need not worry about whether the restaurant staff speaks their language; they just have to go to the showcase and point at what they want.

Another virtue about food samples is that they speak louder than the most conspicuous shop signs. Just by looking at the condition of the samples, one can figure out the atmosphere of the restaurant they are about to enter, and how enthusiastic the owner is about doing business.

If the samples are covered with a thick layer of dust or the coloring has faded, presumably from years of neglect, then it is probably better to look somewhere else to eat.

In addition to being helpful communication tools, the food samples are also popular souvenirs of Japan for many foreign tourists. Many times I have guided friends to shops specializing in food samples in Tokyo's Kappabashi cooking utensils merchant district.

This is certainly one cool and helpful item that you probably can't find anywhere else in the world.
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By T.S. on Mar 18, 2010

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