I live in Tokyo now but most of my friends and family do not. The main idea here is that I can tell these people about interesting things that happen and are seen.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Gut's Soul

I went to "Gut's Soul" last night, an all-you-can-eat yakiniku restaurant in Yoyogi. Infinite fried meat for 90 minutes - 900 yen. That is outrageously cheap. In fact the owners seem to be kind of embarrassed about the situation. The interior walls are covered in messages written in chalk. There is basic information like "what is yakiniku?" (my doggs - it is delicious marinated meat that you fry on a griddle that's set in the middle of your table), or advertising facts of dubious utility (fried pig meat has less cholesterol than egg yolks! EGG YOLKS -- BUSTED)

Much of the script, however, seems directly designed to shame the customer for coming to Gut's Soul. For example:

You can take as much as you like. You may be full. But don't forget to appreciate the farmer. You know that there is a lot of children who cannot get enough foods and starved in the world. So you should show appreciation for the food.

Or, more cryptically:

We have had a manner of culture for some hundreds of years. Now we have become rich and have no opportunity to learn this manner. So we introduced such a system as "you can eat as much as you want". We want you to think about the importance of food through this system. It's so excellent for you to learn something from our motto.

I think the point in this second piece is that our ancestors would've considered Gut's Soul an abombination.

Also: comic is updated.


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