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Tokyo Government Now Supporting Non Fluent Foodies?

menu-tokyo.jp

Have you had problems reading menus at restaurants when traveling in Japan? The Tokyo Metropolitan Government just rolled out a website menu-tokyo.jp to help restaurants create multilingual menus in English, Korean, and Chinese.

The coverage of menu items is quite extensive. Just to test out how it works, I selected sashimi as a keyword and got 115 multilingual results of individual foods to choose from if I were translating a menu.

Also, it looks like they may be working to add a service for travelers to Japan by adding a guide to restaurants who have registered for the service organized by type and location.

Let’s hope that eating out in Tokyo is about to get easier for non-Japanese speakers!

URL for Menu Tokyo: http://menu-tokyo.jp/ (Japanese)
Please click here to view Menu Tokyo Example

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3 Responses to “Tokyo Government Now Supporting Non Fluent Foodies?”

  1. After receiving some comments about quality of English translation, I checked the list quite a bit and wrote to the site manager at menu-tokyo.jp asking to improve it.

    I got email back from them saying they will. So, let’s hope we will see very enticing English menu at restaurants around Tokyo soon!

    Posted by Et-chan | May 1, 2009, 4:39 pm

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