It’s Andres, from Boutique Japan.

This month’s postcard comes from a hole-in-the-wall dumpling shop:

Located on a hidden corner deep in Tokyo’s Ebisu neighborhood, this tiny gyoza(Japanese-style dumpling) shop has a perpetual line. Waiting in line for great food is a Japanese tradition, and – provided you have some patience – it’s worth the wait.

At tiny places like this, you won’t usually find an English menu (though sometimes you may get lucky), but it’s worth venturing into them anyway. Part of traveling in Japan – and in general – is willingly placing yourself in situations that will challenge and expand your comfort zone.

In Japan, you’ll often find yourself in situations where you either don’t understand the language, or simply don’t understand what’s going on – for example, in terms of etiquette!

Fortunately, Japanese people are incredibly hospitable, so even when you veer off the beaten path and into locals-only restaurants, you’ll be in good hands.

As for the place, a friend asked me not to share its identity, so you’ll just have to wander around Ebisu (a great neighborhood) in the hopes of finding it, or another wonderful spot!

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Andres Zuleta
Founder, Boutique Japan

“I cannot recommend Boutique Japan highly enough! My partner and I travelled to Japan for two weeks in April 2014, during the height of the cherry blossom season. I am very grateful to Andres and Christina for going the extra mile to help us in a very short timeframe. They are knowledgeable, responsive, thorough and a pleasure to work with. Thank you!” – James & Oscar, London

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