In England, you kind of get used to food that tastes like plastic. Usually I try to avoid it, but it turned out to be one of the more charming oddities in Japan this year - every restaurant you pass, from sushi to chinese, to ice cream to pancakes, has a display of their dishes in a window at the front - all made of plastic. If you can't speak the language (or even if you can), this is better than having a guidebook or a translator.
The BBC has a little video that goes behind the scenes of Japanese "visual menus". It's a nice little insight into a bite of the world that seems kind of kooky at first, distinctly Japanese, but makes some kind of sense after a short while.
Will we see them here though?