LWIF EP1: What Japanese Breakfast is Like

Hello World! This episode shows a sampling of food that is typically eaten for breakfast in Japan: miso soup, rice and umeboshi, natto, tako-san wieners (octopus weiner), and tamagoyaki (grilled egg).

Our family doesn’t usually eat all those items in a single breakfast, but they are common things you’ll find when eating breakfast in Japan.

Frequently Asked Questions

They have Costco in Japan?

Yes, there’s Costco in Japan. There’s not many of them, but they’re out there. They’re a great place to get North American goods in bulk for cheap. If you don’t have a car, they even have a paid delivery service. Cheese anyone (seriously, cheese is expensive in Japan)?

Why is Tamagoyaki layered like that?

Oh goodness, I don’t know why, but I do know that having lots of thin layers is a good thing. The video makes it seem like there’s just a couple layers, but tamagoyaki can be made with many layers.

Is tamagoyaki supposed to be sweet?

Some people have it plain, but it’s common to have a hint of sweetness.

Isn’t natto the stinkiest nastiest thing? Do most Japanese people genuinely like it?

I know some Japanese who don’t like it, but I think it’s fairly safe that there’s a good number that do genuinely like it. I can’t stand it, but my wife, son, and daughter all love it.

That’s a lot of dishes to clean.

It’s very typical for Japanese people to use several dishes when serving meals, versus the single large dish you may find in a North American home. And yes, it’s a lot of dishes to clean, but they’re usually small ones.