By Asian American in Tokyo | September 3, 2007
I've seen this question posed around the Internet without good answers. I've seen things like "that's all you need", "asians are smaller", "Americans eat too much", etc. Here's my take. In Japan, it's rude to leave food behind as it is seen as wasteful and unappreciative. There is also no such thing as a "doggie bag" so you don't even ask if you can take the leftovers home. Because of this, everyone finishes their entire meal, down to the last rice grain. To preserve "wa", or "harmony", the restaurants serve small portions so nobody will be stressed and have a difficult time finishing their meal. If you want more, you can always order more. Anyway, that's just my thinking. Anyone out there have a definitive answer?
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