Click this small image for a bigger view of a lunch menu.
In America, there are two kinds of menus for the most part. There are those that display extremely unrealistic styled shots of food and those that have no pictures at all. The former is to make food look more appealing than it really is and the latter to avoid customer complaints (or even lawsuits) when people don't get what is shown in the picture. In restaurants in Japan, 99% of the time, the menus are "what you see is what you get" (WYSIWYG). This is a testimonial to the ability of the service folks in Japan to offer consistent and appetizing presentation.
It's awesome knowing that what I'm going to be served is what I expect and that no one is trying to trick me into thinking otherwise or hide the truth.