LATELY — 27 February 2006

Change and little Japanese Restaurants

Isn’t it a beau­ti­ful thing to, after two years, go back to your little neigh­bour­hood Japan­ese restau­rant and find that everything’s exactly the same as when you left ? The prices haven’t changed (except for Coke), the little card­board “Sold Out” signs are still in op­er­a­tion , the charm­ing hand-illustrated sign on the front still advises “No alcohol / No bare-feet” , the staff still consist of Japan­ese ex­change stu­dents who take your money with both hands, and who are pre­sum­ably re­spon­si­ble for the hand-lettered card­board “business cards” that you get with your take-away .

Actually, maybe it is de­press­ing that nothing has changed. (Are you surviving, little Japan­ese neigh­bour­hood restaurant? Are you prospering?) And why is charm so important? Why do I want you not to change?

It’s all about the food , right?

(Miyoshi is 85 Swan St, Richmond, Victoria, Australia, and is rated T for tasty.)