Simon's parents visited the couple in Japan last week, and he was quite nervous about how they will handle it as they are Polish and aren't too fond of change. To make Simon's parents' visit as comfortable as possible, the Eat Your Kimchi duo came up with various ways and to help them get used to Japan while still exposing them to the country, ways that are applicable to any new traveler to the country.
Rather than staying at a hotel, Simon and Martina recommend that new tourists book a place using AirBnB, having done so for Simon's parents. Not only are hotels far more expensive, the food served are also pricey while not being an accurate reflection of what Japanese cuisine is.
While Japanese food is delicious, some may be a bit wary of it so it can require a little bit of easing in. Since local Japanese food is readily available and there is a wide range of choices, Simon and Martina found that the best way to do get people used to the food is to ween them in slowly with familiar food first, such as grilled beef sticks, before working the way up to the "stronger" food, such as sashimi and sushi. For Simon's parents, they started off with simple things such as grilled chicken sticks and cabbage, before moving onto savoury mochi dishes, and then finally sushi and sashimi towards the end of their trip.
For those who need one final argument to convince them to visit Japan, know that there are vending machines everywhere that serve up various things like snacks, soup, and even beer!
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