When I was in Portland, terpia took me out to lunch at Benihana
. For those who don't know, it's a "theme" restaurant chain which is an attempt at simulating a Japanese hibachi restaurant (where the chef prepares your food right on the table, with a little culinary acrobatics). The thing about Beni Hana is that most of the chefs aren't actually Japanese (ours was named Felipe), but they squint their eyes and speak in an extremely-forced accent right out of a 1950s sitcom; I'd imagine that any actual Japanese patrons would end up leaving totally offended.
That said, the food is pretty good.
But it gave me an idea for a theme restaurant chain to start in Japan, called "Guy Gene's."