Comments on: Bottoms up: Discount takeout sushi less than meets the eye How to make, save and spend money in Japan. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 03:29:48 +0000 hourly 1 By: Miko Fri, 20 Jan 2012 00:52:56 +0000 The amount of deceptive packaging amazed me when I first arrived here, but I’m used to it now. Have you noticed that some convenience store sandwiches only have filling on the part that shows, meaning that they are half empty? And sometimes when you buy a punnet of strawberries only the ones on top are large and red, the ones underneath are not.

Doesn’t always apply only to bargain deals, either. A few years back I took my son to spend Christmas at a resort hotel in western Japan. The pics in the glossy brochure promised me a large room with a huge, ceiling-high Christmas tree and a personal visit from Santa (a plump, jolly looking man with twinkling blue eyes). Well, the room was certainly large enough, but the tree was extremely short and puny. “Santa” was a skinny little Japanese teenager in a red suit who was clearly petrified of me. Later my son confided in me “Mummy, Santa must have been very cold, because when we shook hands he was shaking!”

On the whole though, it is true that what you pay for is what you get. I don’t see how it could be any other way.