My family and I recently spent two and a half weeks backpacking through Japan. Before we left, we took time to learn some basic vocabulary we thought would be useful: “Please,” “Thank you,” “Excuse me,” and “Can I get this without pork or shellfish?”
Lucky for us, most of the people we encountered were not only wonderfully patient with us, but their English was infinitely better than our tentative grasp of Japanese. What’s more, many of the restaurants we chose offered menus in English so we were good to go on that front.
What we didn’t anticipate was what Japanese society would be like... Read More