Inside Canal City Hakata there’s a conveyor belt sushi restaurant where I ate a late lunch. The restaurant is called Heishirou and it’s on the top level of the shopping mall. When I first passed by it at noon there was a line out of the door so I decided to come back to it later in the day. At around 2:00pm I returned and at that point the lunch crowd was gone and there were only a few other people remaining inside. This was actually my first time at a conveyor belt sushi restaurant in Japan, or anywhere for that matter. In Japanese these restaurants are called “kaizen sushi” and they’re common in cities all across the country. The basic idea of kaizen sushi is that you take a seat and plates with various kinds of sushi pass by you on a conveyor belt. You take the plates you want but you can also special order sushi from a tablet computer that’s at your seat. When you’re done the restaurant staff will add up all the plates you took (different plates cost different amounts of money and are distinguished by their color) and then charge you accordingly. Since hardly anyone else was in the restaurant I didn’t get to experience the vibe of kaizen sushi during peak hours but on the plus side I didn’t have to worry about anybody snagging a good plate that was coming my way. My time at Heishirou allowed me to ease into the whole kaizen sushi experience and over the course of the rest of my trip I’d get many more meals from similar sushi restaurants.