What comes to mind when you think of Japanese food?  Rice and sushi?  Well you would pretty much be right.  Almost any meal you buy in Japan comes with rice, whether it’s part of the main dish or just on the side.  Sushi is always a nice treat.  There are many sushi restaurants  around and $1 can get you a plate with two pieces of sushi.  Ramen is also very popular.  It isn’t the cheap ramen noodles that college students get at the grocery store, but you can still get a huge serving of noodles for very cheap.

Although Japanese food is delicious, everyone still loves the more familiar taste of food that they eat in their home country.  McDonalds has been celebrating their 40th anniversary on being in Japan, so ever since I have been here, they have some sort of sale almost every week, making it all the more tempting to stop in for a little taste of home.  Over Christmas break, one friend returned to the U.S. for a month.  Rather than talking about how excited he was to see friends and family that he hadn’t seen for months, he spent the weeks leading up to his trip planning his meal schedule to make sure he had enough time to eat everywhere he wanted to.  Everyone else spent time making their list of food that they wanted him to bring back for them.

On a side not, it is a common misconception that Japanese people ONLY eat with chopsticks.  I would like to point out that, while chopsticks are very common and are usually what you are given with your meal, traditional forks, spoons, and knives are also available wherever you go.

Brian Campbell is studying abroad at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan.