When it comes to Japanese food choices, there's no need to fret if you don't speak the language at all. Just get yourself an interpreter! Problem solved. That's what I did.
It was a hot and sweltering summer for vacationing in the month of August in Japan. It was humid and sticky plus it was raining on and off that umbrellas were sold everywhere.
Face to face with unfamiliar Japanese food menu, I was hesitant to order at first until my sailor arrived who was my interpreter. I was relieved. I did not know a word of Japanese so how on Earth am I supposed to know what's on the menu?
It was later then that I actually enjoyed filtering through a variety of choices from the Japanese food menu. It was fun and they were delicious!
There are a lot of English speaking people in Japan. I was worried that there weren't many, but to my surprise, there was a lot! Thank God for that.
When we boarded Cathay Pacific Airlines, they even had a semi Japanese vegetarian menu there.
As most Asian countries, their diet is mainly comprised of rice. I'm Asian, a Filipino to be exact, so I was a happy traveler. It was an unforgettable deal.
My son is a sailor and his ship just arrived in Sasebo to pick up the tigers for the Tiger Cruise. So he could only meet us the next day as he was extremely busy. So we were completely on our own for a day not knowing a single word of Japanese.
We had to take the bus that takes us to the Sasebo Station. Thank God that my son learned Japanese language on his own, he sent me a letter to print out so I can show it to the people at the airport or the bus drivers so we find our way to Sasebo where he can meet us. The letter was a blessing. We didn't get lost.
It took the bus 2 1/2 hours to get us to the station. I fell asleep on our way there and I missed the beautiful scenery on the way. We passed by rice farms and you can imagine why rice in Japan taste so good. Their rice has this sticky texture like the sushi type rice.
It was pouring cats and dogs when we got there. But we found our hotel right away - the Washington Hotel which was just a stone throw from the station. We hailed a taxi, but the driver was honest enough to tell us that we don't need him because it's just a block away. What a nice honest man, people were very helpful.
There were lots of small eateries by our hotel. I don't remember what I ate exactly but I think it was some sort of noodles with crumbled peanuts on the side.
Couldn't wait for my sailor son to see us the next morning. Not for long, he was there so he was our interpreter and I was able to ask for real food that I like from the Japanese food menus.
We visited a famous Dutch park in Sasebo the next day but it rained all day again. The best part of the day was eating lunch under a canopy at a tiny little nook there.
Among the Japanese food choices in Sasebo, the highlight of it all was feasting on the amazing bowl of Ramen Noodles - another type of Japanese noodles that I can live with. Yeah. There was 3 Onigiri to go with it too.
Imagine slurping this hot noodle soup after walking in that park in a pouring rain. The bowl was brimming with real Japanese ramen noodles - not those cheap things you buy from the supermarket shelves in America.
Sushi is a big thing in Japan but they had beautiful salads as well that were super fresh and crunchy. Though, they top them with crunchy little tiny anchovies which you can opt out if you don't want them on your food.
The Mochi Rice Dessert is always a munching favorite of mine in all my favorite Japanese food choices. I ate them in the morning for breakfast and for snack in between meals.
After all, this vegetarian on travel always get hungry from all the walking from train station to the next. Japanese people use mass transit everyday. Much like in New York city where we lived, mass transit is the easiest way to get from point A to point B, though I've seen more bikes parked in parking lots more than cars!
Between hopping from one ride to another, I got my eyes peeled for Japanese Onigiri at all times. Those things fill you up and it's an affordable Japanese vegetarian food option for me.