December 13, 2010

Hello from Japan (Part 1)

Hello from Japan!

We have been travelling for a week now; meeting my partner's relatives, visiting shrines and temples and of course eating well. We have been spoiled rotten with the politeness and kindness of the Japanese people, the superb public transport and the overflowing amount of exciting new flavours we've been fortunate to try everywhere. Needless to say we are in love with Japan.

We've been eating so many different dishes and I've taken countless photos so it will be very difficult to decide what to share with you guys. Undoubtedly this will be just one of many Japan posts to follow so please bare with me as I share my excitement with what we've experienced during our trip.

We have realised that it is almost impossible to have a bad meal here no matter if you eat in a Japanese style fast food chain or a fancy restaurant enjoying a special kaiseki type meal (which I will share with you later). Food is diverse, fresh and delicious and there is much more to Japanese cuisine than noodles and sushi. Having said that both sushi and noodles are so much tastier here than anywhere else outside Japan.

In this first post I'll share with you some of our food moments we experienced during our first days in Tokyo.

We enjoyed our first meal at a small kaiten sushi (sushi train)

I know how this little boy feels trying to decide what to eat

Snacking in Asakusa

Sweet potato snack

Deli Japanese style

Nasu Dengaku from a deli in Asakusa

I have been enjoying natto almost every day during our trip, this is just one way of serving it

Sashimi salad

Yakitori with various parts of a chicken including heart and liver

Sashimi here is just fantastic

One of the latest trends is to serve tempura with flavoured salts instead of a dipping sauce

Shabu Shabu was delicious with fresh ingredients and umeboshi paste

More ingredients go in to the pot

This is ingenius: Risotto Japanese way - once all the meat and vegetables have been eaten, cooked rice is added to the broth followed by a raw egg. Delicious!

Japanese desserts are often small and simple, like this delicious apple sorbet

Stay tuned as more posts from Japan are to follow!



  1. Looks wonderful and I can't wait to get there someday myself! Happy travels =)

  2. Oh my, this takes me right back to the joy of eating in Japan. The care and thought that goes into Japanese food - from the ingredients all the way through to the serving and eating is breath taking.

    The pictures capture that so well, the baskets of food, the carefully cut and arranged salad, the simplicity of the dessert. I am very very envious of your trip.

  3. so exciting!!! Your photos are bringing back so many memories! I want to go back right now...

  4. En ole koskaan ollut Japanissa, mutta voiko tämän parempaa ruokamatkaraporttia ollakkaan! Tuonnehan on aivan pakko päästä. Ihan mielettömiä herkkuja, kiitos kun jaoit lukijoille :)

  5. Ooh i love the little plates in the second pic and the offal yakitori looks delicious! Great to hear you're enjoying youself.

  6. Oh I'm so glad you're posting about Japan! I love everything Japanese, especially the food and I plan to go there after university

  7. OMG! You have just made my husband and I soooo jealous! We have been dying to go to Japan and this post has cemented out desire further.

    Love all the food pics!

  8. I am so jealous. I went to Japan two years ago and loved it. Be sure to try the takoyaki! Obviously, the best sushi is from the Tsukiji market. I have not been able to replicate the creaminess of sea urchin back in Canada. :(

  9. Well, I'm jealous. That's about all I've got to say about that post.

  10. I MISS YOU MARIA! God how sad is it that I'm so addicted to you online that I have withdrawal symptoms when you're gone? Hehehe thanks for sharing the pics though and glad you guys are having a great time. When do you head to the icy north pole? Also, that shabu shabu looks AMAZING!

  11. I'm so glad you're enjoying your trip! Your photos are lovely and the sashimi looks divine!

  12. Have a great time Maria!

    I look forward to hearing more about your travels and seeing the inspiration come through in some of your recipes when you are back.

  13. Oh I love Japan. Everything is always so elegantly simple and utterly delicious. I love those gorgeous bamboo baskets too. It's always a feast for the eyes and the stomach!

  14. that little eggplant looks so cute! and what an interesting way to eat natto!
    thanks for posting while you're traveling...looking forward to hear more from you!!!

  15. Oh my are in fun! Love the picture, brought me many memories of the time that I was there...ENJOY!

  16. Oh my goodness. I am so speechless about how amazing everything looks! I have a feeling you are getting a bit of inspiration for later :D

  17. I can't wait to see more photos but for now, let me just say it's nice to find another fellow natto lover. Enjoy your trip!


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