When Eating Kaiten Sushi, Don’t Make This Fatal Mistake

Unseen Japan
4 min readJun 11, 2024

It’s easy to breach etiquette when traveling. But even 1 in 10 Japanese people say they’ve made this error at revolving (kaiten) sushi restaurants.

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By Jay Allen

Kaiten sushi, or revolving conveyor belt sushi, is a fun Japanese culinary experience. Recently, despite being the subject of some controversy, it’s been making a comeback.

If you’re worried about breaching etiquette at a kaiten sushi restaurant, don’t sweat it. Rest assured that even Japanese people don’t always get it right. Indeed, in a recent survey, more than 1 in 10 people in Japan confessed to this faux pas.

Is the kaiten sushi boom returning?

Kaiten sushi restaurants distribute affordable sushi and sashimi on a revolving conveyor belt from which people pick their favorites. Customers can also fresh-order certain dishes, along with drinks and side dishes such as gyoza, which some stores send out on an “express line.”

First created in 1958, the concept exploded and grew over the next few decades. However, it’s It’s been a rough few years for the restaurant model. Before…