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Unread 2010-11-11, 15:22   #1
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Well, some of it at least.

Dinner at the hotel on Miyajima, the island with the red tori out in the water, was one of my favorites.

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It was course after course of really interesting, delicious things which I now have no clue what they were.

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Breakfast there was awesome too. Fish, clams, some big egg thing...

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Lunch in Kyoto. Noodles...

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And eel.

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Fried octopus balls (takoyaki) in Kyoto.

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Grilled vegetables and fish in Kyoto.

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Assorted stuff in Tokyo

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Korean dinner in Tokyo

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Conveyor sushi in Tokyo

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You take what you want, the plates are color-coded by price, and you get it all tallied up at the end. Pretty cool.

Uni. The insides of a sea urchin. Looks gross, tastes great.

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I didn't get a pic of the food at this ramen joint, but the ordering system was cool. You select what you want using the push button thing, pay, and go wait for your food to be served to you. Japanese fast food.

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Unread 2010-11-15, 15:37   #2
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wow, that all looks good. I'm sure most of us would say the same thing: it was delicious, but I have no idea what it was.
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I love it! It makes some American food troughs look neanderthal in comparison.

BTW, were there any all-you-can-eat food troughs of their own variety there, or is that just not the way to dine in Japan?
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BTW, were there any all-you-can-eat food troughs of their own variety there, or is that just not the way to dine in Japan?
I get the feeling that's just not how the Japanese tend to dine, but I could be wrong. What struck me was how many tiny restaurants there were all over the place. Some places were literally just holes in the wall with maybe room for 2 cooks, their equipment, and 4-6 people to eat. With so many choices and places close by, it just seems like a food trough would be overkill.

I don't know how I forgot this one: Okonomiyaki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okonomiyaki

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It's kind of like a pancake with all kinds of meats etc. that they bring over and let cook on your table's griddles. It was awesome. You cut off pieces with the paddle-shaped utensils you can see in this picture:

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edit: It struck me after talking about troughs that it looks like we're eating at a trough, there.

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Unread 2010-11-16, 14:04   #5
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woah! that thing looks awesome. looks like there was egg in there too.

and @ the photobomber!
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Unread 2010-11-16, 14:17   #6
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You're right, that one did have egg in it. The stuff on top is interesting too: katsuobushi. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katsuobushi

When hanakatsuo is added as a topping to a hot dish, the steam has the effect of making the flakes move as if dancing; because of this, katsuobushi topping is also known as dancing fish flakes.

They really do dance around in the heat, kind of like mini versions of those stupid waving-arm things you see outside used-car dealers.

The brownish stuff is a sauce that's kind of like a thick worcestershire sauce, except sweeter. But it's strong enough that it really permeates the whole thing.
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I had a suspicion that those were fish flakes, but I wasn't sure if I had just imagined that those existed.
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Unread 2010-11-19, 8:33   #9
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Okonomiyaki is fantastic, but to the uninitiated, runs the risk of looking like a humongous barf pancake.
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Unread 2010-11-19, 8:35   #10
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Well put.
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