Conveyor belt sushi (kaiten-zushi) is a fixture of the Japanese fast food scene and kaiten-zushi restaurants can be found in most Japanese towns and cities. To cut down on costs, customers choose their sushi from the conveyor belt as it passes their table or counter or they can order from a touch-screen display.
Soy sauce, ginger, free green tea and disposable chopsticks (waribashi) are found at your seat and the bill is calculated from the number and color of the empty plates of sushi stacked in front of you.
Conveyor belt sushi was the brainchild of Yoshiaki Shiraishi (1914-2001) who got the idea from beer bottles on a conveyor belt in a brewery and utilized it to solve the staffing problems in his sushi restaurant, Genroku in Higashiosaka.
Kaiten-zushi restaurants can now be found not just in Japan but worldwide.
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