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Adventures in Japanese UI design: Sushi Ordering System

Today we will look at the user interface design of food ordering systems.

The first example we have here is from Genki Sushi, a sushi chain that I can hearthily recommend. If you’re visiting Tokyo there is a Genki Sushi near Shibuya station.

Genki (元気) means healthy or lively in Japanese.

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I don’t really understand why they chose an angry face for their logo. Then again, there are many things I don’t understand about Japan yet.

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When you enter, you are asked if you want to order chawanmushi or miso soup. A traditional Japanese meal often begins with some miso soup.

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This screen says “Please choose the number for the order”. It should probably have said “How many would you like?”. This is a typical “bad” Japanese translation. Japanese doesn’t really map to English very well. The Japanese language omits pronouns, and often meaning has to be derived from the context.

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The UI for browsing the various sushi looks like this.

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When you’re done eating, the checkout screen looks like this.

After you ordered there is a random chance you can play rock-paper-scissors against the computer. If you win you get a discount coupon or a sushi themed keychain.

As I learned, rock paper scissors is a good way to solve conflicts Japanese-style. In Japan, this game is called “jan-ken-pon”. It is an important part of Japanese culture.

That’s it for today!

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