– The variety of sauces at Matsuya –
– Gyudon (beef rice bowl) with green onions and an egg with a side of miso soup –
– Chicken curry dish –
Ramen, gyudon (beef rice bowl), and other noodles shops are a Japanese man’s world. During lunch and dinner, most of these places are packed with a constant rotating customer base of Japanese workers seeking a fast, cheap, and easy meal. Most women feel uncomfortable or self conscious going to these restaurants by themselves. When a woman enters, many men look at her as if she’s an outsider or think she’s lonely.
Now a days, you can spot many women breaking the ‘rules’. During peak hours, only about 10-20% of customers will be women. This also depends on the restaurant as some are more women-friendly (higher end, nicer decor). I mean just because you’re a woman doesn’t mean that you don’t enjoy cheap, fatty food, right? :)
A ramen shop, Ichiran, features individual cubicle seating that so that women can feel free to eat there without the shame of eating by yourself!