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Eating Japanese without Speaking Japanese?

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Eating Japanese without Speaking Japanese?

Eldarion | May 21, 2008 10:40 AM

Some food places I have planned on my itinery for my upcoming Japan trip are those which I have learned of from tabelog.com, such as Kawazakanaryori hayakou (unagi), Tempura Iwa-i, and Tokudawara (Izakaya). Problem is, I don't speak Japanese and these places seem to be more popular amongst Japanese natives than your average non-foody tourist. Would this be very much of a problem?

I have thus far learnt my hiragana and katakana so I should be able to read off a simple menu, and will learn basic restaurant phrases for getting the menu / bill / lunch set etc. I can also speak Mandarin, so I should be able to communicate to a waitress if she is Chinese. Will this be enough for me to survive in such places?

Thanks!

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