On my last day in Japan a few months ago, I met with my pal Scott Jarvie for lunch in Shinjuku. He was going to be in town a few more days longer than me, so we thought it would be fun to hang a little bit before I made my way to Narita International Airport. We decided to meet in Shinjuku. It’s a great part of Tokyo that’s full of life with so much to shoot, and with a never ending selection of restaurants. Since we were in Shinjuku we decided to go check out Golden Gai. It was Scott’s first time there and it had been a while since I actually sat down for a meal or a drink in these narrow alleyways, so off we went. Walking up and down an alley we were greeted by this polite young cook. She was very friendly and knew enough English to greet us so we decided to grab lunch here.
Side note: being this was my last day in Japan for this trip, I spent this whole day using my 50mm prime lens because it made my camera lightweight and gave my shoulder a nice break, so each shot in this post will have been taken by my 50mm.
And this is where I learned how far gone my already fading knowledge of the Japanese language had become.
Now Hiragana and Katakana I can read. No problem in reading any of that. The trouble for me is my fading vocabulary. It has been so long since I’ve studied Japanese seriously so needless to say it didn’t help us out much. Luckily the paper menu the cook handed us had enough English on it to say “Lunch Special” so we each ordered that. And, luckily lunch was pretty tasty. Although the only thing I could identify was liver, green peppers and potato. Everything else on our dish was a mystery to me.
I’m normally not a fan of liver regardless of how it’s prepared, but I must say that this was the tastiest serving of liver I’ve ever had. That after taste is still the same though. He he.
As you can see it’s all very tasty looking. She did give us the option of having them sprinkled with salt or marinated in sauce, and I was pretty pleased with my choice of sauce. And now that I know how much I need to study again, I’ll be better prepared to read the menu during my next visit to Shinjuku Golden Gai!