S2 Ep19. 回転寿司かいてんずし


Hello, this is episode 19 of season 2 of my podcast. I have finally updated the italki video. I have also updated my lessons a bit. As fewer students were taking the reading class, I created a JLPT class instead. The conversation and grammar classes will continue as before.

今日きょう回転寿司かいてんずしはなしをします。日本にほんではレストランや、スーパーや、えきなど、いろいろなところで寿司すしえます。なので、たか寿司すしやす寿司すしがあります。回転寿司かいてんずしは、一般的いっぱんてきに、やす寿司すしべられるレストランです。やすいので、学生がくせいや、子供こどもがいる家族かぞく人気にんきです。一方いっぽうで、マナーがわるきゃく問題もんだいになっています。今年ことしの1がつ高校生こうこうせい回転寿司かいてんずし迷惑めいわくなことをして、SNSにアップロードする事件じけん(link: Daily Mail Online)がありました。それから回転寿司かいてんずしのイメージがわるくなってしまい、日本にほんではすこ人気にんきがなくなっています。

Today I will talk about kaitenzushi (conveyor belt sushi). In Japan, you can buy sushi at restaurants, supermarkets, train stations and many other places. So there is expensive sushi and cheap sushi. Kaitenzushi is generally a restaurant where you can eat cheap sushi. Because it is inexpensive, it is popular with students and families with children. On the other hand, customers with bad manners have become a problem. In January this year, there was an incident in which a high school student behaved badly at a kaitenzushi restaurant and uploaded it to social networking sites(link: Daily Mail Online). Since then, the image of kaitenzushi has been tarnished and it has become a little less popular in Japan.


But these days, kaitenzushi is very convenient. Kaitenzushi chains are becoming increasingly hi-tech. There are places where the whole process of waiting your turn, ordering and paying at a restaurant is self-service. I went to my local kaitenzushi restaurant for the first time last week. I was surprised at how convenient it was. I could do everything while sitting down, it was totally different from the kaitenzushi I went to when I was a child. The chain has plans to make it completely mujin, with AI doing all the work (There are two kanji in mujin. 無(mu) means ‘no’ and 人(jin) means ‘people’). And by ‘mujin‘(un-manned/un-staffed) I mean no people at all. It sounds like science fiction.


Three students came to Osaka this month. We enjoyed having dinner together. Thank you as always. Well, I think that’s it for today. See you next time and thanks for listening!