I'm not going to even comment on the racism (or insularity) of the Japanese people. I've seen, or been the victim of, the same thing in my own country. As have many black people or mexicans in the US, or Gypsies in Europe, or whatever. The only thing I can really think of that a westerner would be excluded from in Tokyo (because he's white) would be SOME of the "Gentleman's clubs". Since that isn't usually a problem for me - I automatically discount that as an issue. Perhaps its a different situation for some of you, but I don't intend to spend much of my time in foriegn cities inside nudie bars. As far as being able to read the signs in Tokyo - I've never had a problem with it. Many things are written in English. Almost all of the street signs in Tokyo are perfectly legible. Outside the major metro areas sometimes there is a problem with that, but in Tokyo I've never had a problem. There is an English subway map right next to, or around the corner from the Kanji one. And any decent guide book will have one in it anyways. Lets see - I distincly remember drizzt saying that he spent $3000 or so on dinner in LAS VEGAS. Yeah, you can spend that on dinner in Tokyo too. Or you can spend $10 on dinner in Tokyo. You can buy just about anything in shops in Tokyo that you can buy in the U.S. I don't see the problem. Knowing Tokyo, I'm sure there is a shop somewhere dedicated ONLY to the thousands or so varieties of goat cheese, and the whole price range and quality scale that goes with it. It would probably make your mouth water. Ernest, your assertion that ALL products in Japan are imported, thus expensive is not only incorrect, it would be economically unfeasible. The Japanese make some fine goat cheeses and wines BTW. Maybe not up to the standards of your superior french palette, but very good nonetheless. Imported v.s. domestic has very little to do with cost in many places and for many different things, in fact I remember noticing at a bar that beer imported from the US (and even some from Europe) was less expensive than some Japanese domestic. Of course, like everything else in asia, it depends on where you go for your food.
Talk me about japanese food. What do they can in the morning most of time?
Are you asking me what Japanese people eat for breakfast? Well a traditional Japanese breakfast consists of Miso soup, rice, and possibly some fish. But by no means is that your only option. you can eat excellent fresh baked french pastries, omlettes, eggs benedict, pancakes, dim-sum, cereal, fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, sausages, a proper english breakfast, hashbrowns, whatever... thinking you have to eat sushi and rice three meals a day is ludicrous. I would be in real trouble in France, since I don't really like eating foie gras, escargo and drinking wine for every meal. Globetrotter -
I would have a problem calling a city a great food city based entirly on imported cuisines
If thats the case, then SURELY there are no AMERICAN cities on your list of "great food cities" or are you suggesting that "american cuisine" (I.E. hamburgers, barbeque, hotdogs, pizza, Jello, etc) ranks among the worlds best?