A bit of a shameless foodie post…

Actually, no, I’m not much of a foodie, if being a “foodie” means rambling on about cilantro and a restaurant’s indie credibility. None of that hipster stuff, please. I got out of that a long time ago. I go with what Don Draper [Mad Men] said when he was asked what drink he wanted: “Make it simple, but substantial.” To that I would add, “savory.”

I didn’t have to spend much money to eat well in Japan. The country is usually described as expensive, yet I rarely paid more than 1000 yen (~$10) for a meal.

Also, Japanese convenience stores stock high quality food. Usually I’d stay make sure to get a hotel that served breakfast and then eat one convenience store/cheapo meal and one “decent” meal to keep from spending too much money. The ryokan I stayed at in Hiroshima included breakfast at an additional charge, but the 756 yen per day was worth it.

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Convenience store sushi. Osaka.

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Rice omelet, Hiroshima. I opened it up to show what was inside.
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Okonomiyaki. Hiroshima.
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Fried chicken with vegetables. Hiroshima.
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Tempura rolls. Train from Hiroshima to Tokyo.
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Grilled fish in Tokyo in an izakaya. It made up for the stressful time of finding that guesthouse. In retrospect, it was because I had misread the directions. [I moved over to Shinjuku the next morning].
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Chashu ramen. Tokyo.
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Tasty cake. Tokyo. Normally I don’t eat cake, but it did go well with the coffee. It made up for the bad sleep I had the night before.
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I forgot my camera at the time I ate this tasty hamburger/egg/rice/salad dish, so I took a photo of the menu instead. Tokyo. 
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