Sometimes, you just need a hamburger…

We’ve lived in Japan for 2-1/2 years, and we have really embraced Japanese food. Sushi, sashimi, yakitori, soba, ramen, Japanese curry…the local food is amazing, and we take advantage of it literally every day.

But, sometimes, you just need a hamburger.


Today, for the first time since our arrival here, we had ‘burgers made at home. Hamburger from the grocery store, buns that resemble real hamburger buns, ketchup, mustard, a slice of tomato…yum, just like “home.”

Of course, there are other alternatives for Western hamburgers. Tokyo is riddled with McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Burger King restaurants. And for a slightly Asian take on the American diet, there is Mos Burger, Lotteria and Freshness Burger. You can even find the international Shake Shack chain in several locations.

For those with an urge for Western food not involving hamburger, there are KFC shops, Pizza Hut, Domino’s, and even Dunkin’ Donuts. There are even some Mexican food restaurants — a delicacy we have yet to try.

So, there really is something in Japan for every taste. For us, aside from the occasional hamburger fix, we’ll stick with the wonderfully delicious Japanese food options. Oishii desu!

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My husband and I were both born and raised in Kansas, but for the past 20+ years we have been living in Atlanta, Georgia. Now, with our children grown and out of the house, we have the opportunity to spend two years living in Tokyo. My husband will be working with the Japanese counterpart to his American company. UPDATE 2023... After 4-1/2 years in Tokyo, we returned to Atlanta. Now we are heading to London for a three year job assignment!

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