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.

17 comments on LWIF EP1: What Japanese Breakfast is Like

  • Sonia

    My name is Sonia, I’m 21 and I’m from Spain. A typical Spanish breakfast (altough it varies from one region to another) would be bread with olive oil and tomato and sometimes also with Spanish ham and some drink like orange juice or milk. This is typical from Andalusia (south) and in Catalonia (north-east) they have it with smashed tomato instead.
    A very very typical drink for kids’ breakfast in Spain is milk with chocolate powder (either hot or cold). We also have cereals or cookies with milk for breakfast. I think milk with anything that’s sweet works fine for us, like croissants, muffins, cake or even creps.

    • lifewhereimfrom (author)

      Oh goodness, I better not tell the kids that in Spain they can eat cookies with their breakfast… but Spanish ham and bread with olive oil and tomato, I could live with that. Yum! – The Dad

  • Annabelle

    My name is Annabelle. I’m 10 and live in California. What I like to have for breakfast is pork sausage, with eggs, and toast. My family is from El Salvador in Central America and they like to eat lots of different foods. One thing we sometimes eat for breakfast is pupusas. It is fillings like cheese, beans, and meat that are put in a corn dough. You squash the dough flat and cook it. We also like to eat plantains that are kinda like bananas, we cook them in oil, you then eat that along with cheese.

  • Jan Tam

    I live in Hong Kong and I’m 12.( I’m a girl) In here, we usually have milk tea and sweet soft buns along with some sunny egg and macaroni. ( I barely eat the stuff mention above.) For my family, we eat traditional Japanese breakfast for real??. My favourite has to be 玉子焼き and 味噌汁(⌒▽⌒). I go to Tokyo every single summer vacation, hope I will bump into you guys?????.

  • Gökçe Özcan

    My name is Gökçe.I am 22 years old.I am from Turkiye and I really love your videos.
    I want to give some information about our breakfast style.We eat :
    -bread (We love bread and eat every meal.Bread is so important to us.)
    -omelette / hard boiled egg / fried egg
    -olives (green and black)
    -cheese (white cheese or yellow cheese made of sheep’s milk.It’s like mozarella or cheddar.)
    -jam (we have lots of species.)
    -tomatoes and cucumbers
    -Not all the time,for example when we’re on holiday,we prepare much more things like sausage,salami,simit ( bagel with sesame),gözleme ( pastry with onion,tomato,cheese in it),pişi (kind of pastry,which is we roast dough )
    Sorry for my bad English.Greetings from Turkiye 🙂
    1.photo : not from my home.But generally our breakfast is like that.
    2.photo : gözleme
    3.photo : pişi

  • Gökçe Özcan

    Sorry for photo.
    This is photo number one.

  • Gökçe Özcan

    This is photo number 2 : (And the photo that i’ve sent first was “pişi”.)

  • Alan

    Hey Aiko and Family!
    My name is Alan, and when I was a child growing up in Germany, our mother always made sure we had breakfast before going to school. It often consisted of a slice of bread (rye bread most of the time because white bread/toast is often considered unhealthy) with some ham and butter, jam or chocolate spread. We also had cereal sometimes, but in Germany (and France and Poland), it tends to be less sweet and colourful than the cereal you get in the US, so it’s not always comparable.
    It is also common to have another small meal similar to breakfast at school during the break when you can play outside as well. My mother used to make sandwiches for us so we could keep our hands clean, but you could also get something from the bakery or the butcher on your way to school. When it comes to beverages, we have small packages of juice or chocolate milk where you just insert a straw and drink it right out of the box. Some schools in the area I grew up in also handed out chocolate milk in bottles and made it free or at least extremely cheap for those on welfare to make sure every child has something in their stomach during school.
    Bye (^_^)/*

  • Kei Shirasaka

    Thank you for your Up- Load.

    • lifewhereimfrom (author)


  • Tim Fox

    What really is a modern Japanese breakfast is a mix of Japanese and Western elements. Yes, some prefer traditional miso soup, natto, rice and fish. These can be an exceptional way to enjoy a delicious and healthy breakfast. But, more younger people these days in Japan are often into things like bread and salad for breakfast. These can be prepared nicely at home, but in restaurants and hotels in my opinion fall short of offering a proper Western style or Western elements breakfast. Bacon here is not cured the same way, and scrambled eggs not cooked as long. Omelets are often thought of as a thin layer of egg coating a bed of fried tomato rice, pork, and onions. It is hard to find a Western style omelet with cheese and mushrooms. Breakfast cereal selections a limited to a few kinds and tend to be a bit pricey. Bread often tends to be cakey instead of hard and crusty or grainy. That is … unless you go to a local bakery. Local bakeries are innovative here with local ingredients including sweetened beans and chestnuts, and make a fine meal for a Western food craving resident in Japan. But Westerners staying in a several star hotel and looking for an exceptional Western breakfast buffet may be a little disappointed, and should try mixing their food choices with some nice traditional Japanese breakfast ones.

  • Rahini

    In Canada a typical breakfast would really depend on what time you need to go to school or work. My breakfast would be first cereal or sasuges then fruits. Pretty simple!

  • Patience Li

    Hi there!

    This is Patience from China. I really like your videos and thanks for sharing them with the world!

    A typical Chinese breakfast includes steam buns (which are buns with mixed vegetables and eggs or meat fillings), churros (unlike the Latin American ones, they taste salty and usually paired with soy milk), dumplings, wontons, hard-boiled eggs or fried eggs (not sunny side-up though), and porridge (rice and millet are the most common grains inside it). As you can see, Chinese breakfast is more like a savoury meal.

    Picture attached for your convenience.

  • jun

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    Btw i’m Jun from Malaysia. I created a reply video on What Malaysian Breakfast is Like.

  • jun

    Thanks for inspired me to create a reply video.

    I’m Jun. From Malaysia. I created a reply video on What Malaysian Breakfast is like.

    Do watch and comment! 🙂

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