|J.S. Pancake Cafe|
Living in Japan without fluency (or literacy) in Japanese is manageable, but you have a lot of moments like this. We pay a premium for not being able to read Japanese. The premium is paid with money (grocery stores with English labels charge a premium) and time wasted. It also helps to never expect things to go as planned because, well, they usually don't.
(For the record, I don't think this is a Japan problem, it's an expat with no language capability problem.)