How to Order Just About Anything at a Japanese Restaurant

How to order just about anything in a restaurant in Japan

Staring at the menu with all the wonderful looking food, but can’t read the words? I know the feeling all too well . I touched on this in my “what is an izakaya?” article. Here I’ll expand on this simple way to order what you want and make it a smooth process for you. The point and finger count method This method is so easy and intuitive. If you’ve been to a restaurant in Japan, you’ve probably already used it. The best part is you don’t need to know any Japanese for this to work. Here’s how to do it: Point at the menu item you want and then hold up a finger count of how many you want of it. That’s it. Done. Guide complete. Almost feels too easy it’s not worth talking about huh? Below you’ll learn just enough Japanese to make this process even smoother — and even impress the staff with your newfound mastery…