(As usual, the crowd is killing)
1. One of many cinemas in Ikebukuro. I went one (Toho Cinema) to watch “I am Legend” and it cost me 1800 yen a ticket. That’s almost twice as much I have to pay in Australia!
2. Some politician trying to make her point
3. The streets in Ikebukuro
4. Some performance in a large shopping centre World Import Mart.
1. It’s not cheap to play cosplay
2. An anime shop specially for females, filled with shounen stuff.
Fast food for lunch the Japanese style
(One of the most hardworking and dedicated worker I’ve seen so far)
I’ve tried a couple of times and I liked it: fast, simple and cheap. An average Japanese quick-to-get meals. One of them is Yoshinoya, a large chain beef bowl restaurants. They said Yoshinoya is a common and economical cheap food in Japan and I couldn’t help laughing when I heard the ones opened in Malaysia where it was treated as gourmet, luxurious restaurants and they were not cheap.
How it works:
1. You pick your desired food from a vending machine.
2. Put some coins (some accept notes), press the relevant button and ticket is given
3. Pass the ticket to the attendant, and he/she will serve you the dish you’ve chosen.
The photo above shows the inside of a typical fast food joint, run by 2 persons only. An U-shape table with a front attendant serving the customers while another handles the kitchen. This lady is handling 3 things: serving food/drinks, cleaning up and kitchen hand, everything at the same time. At peak hours, the table is always filled with people as they come and go. No matter how many customers there are, just the two of them is more than enough to take care of the business. One word: respect.