Hitoiro, Kyoto Soy Restaurant

A Kyoto restaurant find

Outside of the large western-style hotels, there are few restaurants in Japan that openly cater to the tourist trade with bilingual menus. Fortunately for those of us rendered instantly illiterate in a world of kanji, hiragana, and katakana (Japan’s three writing systems), many moderately-priced restaurants have window displays of plaster models of the dishes they serve. Waitresses are used to gaijin (foreigners) dragging them outside to point at what they want for lunch.

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