Tokyo is not currently the most expensive city in the world, but it’s still in the top six. Certainly, housing plays a part, and I have found apartments and hotels to be more expensive than many (but not all) other places we’ve been. However, I also expected food to be expensive. After all, sushi at even a US grocery store is usually $7-$15 for a meal-size portion, usually consisting of six to eight rolls (maki) or nigiri.
Tonight, I walked over to a neighborhood restaurant that offers its sushi to-go. (Read: definitely not a grocery store.) I picked up the two packages of nigiri in the photo below, which included:
- 1 tamago (egg)
- 1 ikura (roe)
- 1 unagi (eel)
- 1 saba (mackarel)
- 1 salmon
- 1 cuttlefish (I assume)
- 1 maguro (tuna)
- 4 hamachi (yellowtail)
Any guesses as to how much this all came to? In Tokyo?
It came to $4.15.
Those of you who purchase sushi outside of Japan – especially in the US – will need to reattach your jaws, I know. From Milwaukee to San Francisco, a combination like the above would run $15 at the grocery store, nevermind at a sushi restaurant.
Given that Japan is practically paying me to eat sushi, excuse me while I go stuff my face.