Letter: More of the same

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Sir: Terry McCarthy's article on faux pas in Japan (4 January) recalled a similar incident in a restaurant during a business trip there. I knew no Japanese and was dining alone in Tokyo. I chose by pointing to a variety of dishes from the menu. In due course my meal arrived, and it was delicious. So good, in fact, that I returned the next night and ordered the same. This time, the dishes seemed altogether different.

I will never know what I had that first night, or more probably, whose order I had been given by mistake.

Yours sincerely,



4 January