When all else fails, use a vending machine!


Traveling to another country and barely speaking their language can be fun and frustrating at the same time. Though there are many useful translator apps nowadays that comes in handy especially when traveling, it doesn’t always help you when you need it the most. I, for one can attest to that because of my experience from my most recent trip to Japan.

When my fiance and I were getting lost in Kashiwa a couple of months ago, I didn’t worry too much about the language barrier until we ended up at a restaurant where they didn’t have photos of the food. Eating lunch that day wasn’t a problem because we just pointed out what food we wanted to order. I tried to practice what’s left of what I learned when I took Japanese lessons from 11 years ago and it helped just a little bit. Come dinner time was a…

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