Japan is known for being one of the most peaceful countries in the world, but as Eat Your Kimchi found out this week, even a country as chilled as Japan has its darker parts.
Both Simon and Martina are self-professed "explorers" so they decided to explore some areas of their Japanese neighbourhood that they've never explored before. Right from the start, things were a bit sketchy when the couple found a really old shop, which turned out to be a Chinese restaurant. The initial sketchiness was replaced with excitement over the prospect of Chinese food, only to be quickly replaced again with skepticism. In contrast to the usual charms found in restaurants in Japan, this one harkened to those seedy shops found in the less-than-pleasant areas in America and Canada.
Not only was the restaurant filled with smoke (since smoking inside is allowed in Japan) in place of food condiments, Simon and Martina noticed some things outside that gave rise to some caution, such as women who were likely prostitutes, men in suits slapping a guy, and another man smoking in front of a no-smoking sign and a police station for good measure.
But despite these "warning signs," Simon and Martina felt no danger because as long as you mind your own business in Japan, no one will bother you.
But the biggest lesson learnt from Simon and Martina's trip down the "darker" side of Japan? The Chinese food was AMAZING!
Listen right here at to Simon and Martina talk about the "darker" side of Japan:
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