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Photo etiquette in Japanese restaurants

fizzy | Feb 12, 201710:33 AM

I was just wondering if anyone could comment on the etiquette for taking photos at restaurants in Japan. My husband and I will be visiting for the first time in late March. We’ve travelled to some amazing restaurants with our camera. We typically ask permission to photograph first before the meal begins… and just take a quick 1-2 shots (no flash) for each dish so we can respect the timing of the food. We’re a bit afraid that restaurants in Japan might be too polite to say no when asked + we don’t want to appear disrespectful.

I listed the restaurants we have currently reserved — does anyone know if any of them are particularly averse to photography?

Also, we typically bring a Canon 1DX with a small 50mm macro lens attached. We are thinking of bringing a small compact camera instead (the Sony RX1R II) to be even less disruptive. Do you think this switch would be necessary or beneficial?

Tokyo:
Toriki
Kyo Aji
Sumibi Yakinaku Nakahara
Harutaka
Fukamachi
Ichikawa
Ryugin
Sushiya

Kyoto:
Miyamasou
Tempura Matsu
Miyoshi

Osaka:
Honkogetsu

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