Okay, so I decided to stay another day as I hadn't really felt rested yet with the festival and all. So today I did nothing much except have a big breakfast in the hotel, watch some TV and finally sew the hole in my sweater up.
I did manage to make it out for lunch though to a cheap sushi place that Yoshimi suggested I try. It turned out to be one of the coolest experiences I have had in Japan so far:
|I chose one of these counter seats|
|So like a normal sushi train you have the sushi going past you on a conveyor belt. Every plate is only 100yen ($0.83 USD)|
|There are all types: Tuna|
|Instead of stacking your dishes so they be counted at the end, you put them down this slot right in front of you...|
|...and they are counted automatically and added onto you bill|
|Above your head you have a touch screen with your plate count and a menu that you can order any type of sushi you want|
Then it comes out on this automated tray from the kitchen, in this case I ordered a cake for dessert
|Every five plates you put in the slot, a little cartoon comes on your screen that ends with a gamble in which you either "win" or "lose"|
|If you "win" a ball roles out from this machine above your head|
|And you win a prize, in this case a Dragonball fridge magnet... Yay!|
At no point, except for seating and the bill, do you need to have contact with a waiter or waitress. If you want a drink you go get it yourself at the self service drink bar. They really have streamlined the dining process for a sushi restaurant and passed the savings onto the customer. At 100 yen a plate, this is about the cheapest sushi you will find in the world. I went a little food crazy; I'm ashamed to say it but I ended up having had twenty three plates and that piece of cake in the video, washed down with a large beer. I totally waddled out of there, stomach aching and fully distended, but throughly content with the meal at the price of no more than 2700 yen.
So now I have eaten and am rested, I think it is time for me to get back on the road tomorrow.