One of some interesting new things I found when I stayed in Japan was the fake food display used by many restaurants to displays their menus. It was something new and quite fascinating for me, since I haven’t seen any of those things when I was back in Indonesia. The fake food display certainly helped people a lot to know what kind of food they were selling, especially for foreigners. The food displays were usually accompanied with the prices of the menu, which provided enough information for the customer-candidates to decide whether to enter the restaurant or not.
Some restaurants in Indonesia have started to use these fake food displays too. I’ve seen some of them in Jakarta after coming back from Japan. They are mainly restaurants selling Japanese food and Korean food. Maybe they are influenced by the custom of Japanese and Korean restaurants using fake food display in front of their restaurants. Unfortunately, the information provided is usually not as complete as the restaurants in Japan. There are no prices of the menus, and there are usually one or two waitresses standing in front of the restaurants trying to call the customers in or persuade the customer-candidates to get into the restaurants, which is actually quite a turn-off for me and makes me decide not to eat there if the food is not really really tempting.