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Tabelog posts are manipulated [moved from Japan]

steamer Jan 4, 2012 07:13 PM

Just saw this in the Mainichi. It pertains to Japanese food and restaurants and would likely just disappear if it was moved to media where people who had an interest in Japanese restaurants would be unlikely to go.

So here goes:
http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/nation...

  1. E Eto Jan 5, 2012 06:29 AM

    It just goes with the territory. Many US-based sites, most notably Trip Advisor, are dealing with similar issues. People are trying to make a buck (or yen in this case) off these services. Doesn't mean they're worthless. It just means you need to be more active in reading between the lines. Just as you are wise to do on CH.

    3 Replies
    1. re: E Eto
      steamer Jan 5, 2012 05:54 PM

      Agreed, and I think it comes as no surprise, that this is going on, but I can skim a Chowhound post and know it is from a tout or not, but it takes more time and effort to figure out the Japanese.

      1. re: steamer
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        Ninisix Jan 5, 2012 07:40 PM

        Well... If you dont understand Japanese and can't read the comments, and look only at high ratings, then it will be difficult and possibly misleading. Better ask the opinion at the chow, some may have tried it. For exemple, on sushi:
        Sushi Maiten : a deceptive one
        Sushi Kozasa : a good one, modest price
        Miyako sushi : good ; more like Izakaya (not intimate like), so difficult to order for foreigners ; reasonable price, 
        Sushi Mizutani : omakase more reasonable at lunch than sushi Sukiyabashi, but as it is not a 'Noren wake', why is price so similar ? I find it inferior in term of taste, nigiri, cuts. : a good one, modest price
        Miyako sushi : good ; more like Izakaya (not intimate like), so difficult to order for foreigners ; reasonable price, 
        Sushi Mizutani : omakase more reasonable at lunch than sushi Sukiyabashi, but as it is not a 'noren-wake', why is price so similar for Diner ? I find it inferior in term of taste, nigiri, cuts.

        1. re: Ninisix
          Silverjay Jan 5, 2012 07:58 PM

          The point of the story is that the posts themselves are contrived, along with the ratings. Has nothing to do with sushi restaurants in Tokyo.

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