Posts Tagged ‘Food’

Hakata Ramen

January 19, 2011

Hakata Ramen

Hakata Ramen. In Hakata.

New Year Meal (Osechi Ryori)

January 11, 2011


Osechi Ryori (お節料理) are the traditional foods eaten on New Year’s day in Japan. The in-laws sent us this one.

Pretty impressive-looking, but unfortunately there wasn’t much in it that I was able to eat. Too much seafood for my liking.

More pictures here.

Chinese food in Beijing

December 1, 2010

Peking Duck

Lots of pictures of delicious Chinese food in Beijing.

Of course, in China they simply call it “food”.

100 Days of Sam

July 23, 2010


In Japan it’s traditional to eat a special meal celebrating a baby’s 100th day.

A few more pictures here.


July 23, 2010


Fresh Edamame bought at a local festival.

It took longer to cut them off the stalks and wash them than it did to eat them.

Ryu-Kyu style dining

February 23, 2009

Pork & boiled egg

Okinawan cuisine at 一会 (Ichikai ?) in Kabukichō, Shinjuku.

According to the restaurant page it’s 2 minutes from Shinjuku station’s east exit, but it took us the best part of an hour to find it, even with GPS navigation.

More pictures here: Ryu-Kyu Style Dining.

Expensive Eisbein

February 12, 2009

Spotted this menu outside a German restaurant near Shimbashi the other week. I forget the name of the place, but that doesn’t really matter because with these prices I’m unlikely to bother going there anyway.

Deutsche Spezialitäten

¥4500 for an Eisbein? That’s about €38. You can get one for €10,20 in Berlin.

I think I’m just going to have to accept that it’s damned expensive here, and stop moaning about it…

And I might as well tag this for the February Japan Blog Matsuri about foreign food.

Would you like rice with that?

January 9, 2009

I took this picture of rice growing in a field behind some houses when I was in Kurume last October. It was the first time I’d seen rice plants up close.


I like rice, but after living here for 7 months and eating it almost every day, sometimes twice a day, I’m starting to get sick of the sight of it.

I’m sure there are people here that eat it for their breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Probably inbetween meals too, if they like to have an Onigiri in the afternoon.

Lucky we brought a few kilos of pasta with us.

Human Day and the Festival of Seven Herbs

January 7, 2009

Nanakusa-Gayu (七草粥) - 7 herb porridge

Today, 7th January, is Jinjitsu, or “Human Day”.

On this day the Japanese traditionally celebrate Nanakusa no Sekku (The Festival of Seven Herbs) by eating Nanakusa-Gayu – a rice porridge made with 7 different types of herb.

The porridge is supposed to ensure good health for the coming year.

Grape flavoured KitKat

September 25, 2008

Muscat of Alexandria KitKat

Have a break. Have a KitKat flavoured with Muscat of Alexandria. Wash it down with a can of Menthol coffee.

Omelette with squid

September 13, 2008

Omelette with squid

What is it with the Japanese and hiding bits of squid and octopus inside seemingly innocuous food?

This isn’t the first time: Octopus tempura on a stick.

Raw liver

August 21, 2008


Raw liver. At least I think it was liver. Whatever it was, it tasted quite good. It was part of a plate of raw meat served as a starter at DenDen, a Korean restaurant in Tokyo.

More photos (including cooked meat) on Flickr: Korean dinner at DenDen.

More Japanese Food

April 16, 2007

Here are some more photos of the food that we had while we were in Fukuoka for the wedding.

Sushi at a small restaurant in Tenjin; Yakiniku at the Asahi brewery; Gyouza at the famous Tetsunabe restaurant; and finally a fish that was served whole, eyes and all.

I didn’t have my camera when we were taken to a restaurant where we had cow’s stomach, among other delicacies…

Wedding Photos – Part 3 – The Reception Party

March 22, 2007

After the wedding ceremony we had our reception party at the Matsukou restaurant, which is not far from the temple.

The meal consisted of 12 courses of Japanese dishes. The restaurant had tried to tailor the food to western tastes, but still there were a few things that not all the guests could eat.

Instead of having a cake, we had a big barrel of sake that we opened with hammers together with our parents.

Japanese Food and Drink

November 1, 2006

I tried quite a few different kinds of food while I was in Japan. Most of the pictures that I took were one or two shots of individual meals, and probably not worth bothering to put up as individual entries, so I’ve put them all together in a single photo gallery.

Drinks-wise I mostly had Asahi beer and/or green tea. However I also managed to get through a fair amount of iced coffee – something I very rarely drink usually. The iced coffee was in small cans and available from vending machines on just about every street corner.

Previously in the Japan Diary: