The Plastic Foods of Kappabashi

Juergen Horn and Mike Powell are exploring Tokyo for 91 days, and bringing us reports on what they find. One thing that impressed them was the plastic food in every restaurant.

We love plastic food. When deciding between restaurants, we’ll always choose the one with the most plastic food in its windows. No, it’s not some strange new diet. It’s just that, in Japan, menus tend to be written in Japanese and only Japanese. (The nerve!) Frequently, the plastic foods in the window are the only way for us to know what’s being offered. They also provide a convenient way to order. Rather than attempting to mime “Curry Udon”, we can just drag the waitress outside and point.

Recently, they found a street called Kappabashi-dōri, where the restaurants buy their supplies, including plastic food of all kinds. Read all about it and see lots more pictures at Tokyo For 91 Days.  


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