Just came back from Japan. A few meals to report, though most outings were hosted and I spent more time chatting with friends than documenting my food. Other meals fell in the 500yen category (cheap rice bowls, sushi, sashimi, conveni, etc.).
Kabocha ohnabe in Yamanaka (day trip from Tokyo). A local specialty filled with vegetables (kabocha, of course,local mountain veggies, shiitake, taro, carrot, potato, snow peas, scallions, gobo...), hand cut wheat noodles, and a flavorful (but not heavy) miso broth.
Cheap lunch with my friend near our apartment in Shibuya (Tokyo) at Sushi-Daidokoya
DJed an event at my friend's bar Corner Stone (Osaka) and there was a guest chef and menu for the evening. Really enjoyed my dinner set with octopus quiche, chicken liver, young bamboo with konbu, cured mackerel sushi, potato salad, and sweet potato with lemon.
Amazing crab lunch in Osaka at Crab Dishes Amimoto Bekkan.
Korean food in Osaka near our apartment. Here's a cheese and kimchee jeon. Also tried different jeon varieties, mandu, japchae, and gimbap. Really vague, but I think the restaurant name was Aunt somebody or other
Tonkotsu ramen from Ramen Zundoya Kobe Motomachi (a Kobe outlet of this chain). I ordered light broth and it was still a pork fat bomb
Akashi-yaki, Akashi's namesake dish (daytrip from Osaka). Similar to takoyaki, but eggier. Apparently what takoyaki was modeled after. Served with dashi for dipping. My friend said Akashi is a tako town
Back to Tokyo and an upgrade in accommodation meant my favorite hotel breakfast buffet at Hotel Metropolitan in Ikebukuro (disclaimer - the only hotel breakfast I've had in Japan).
For my final vague entry, we had a going away dinner at my friend's friend's yakitori restaurant in Kichijoji. Great atmosphere and delicious skewers. All veggies were bacon wrapped (asparagus, mushroom, tomato, eggplant, bell pepper with cheese) aside from the zucchini. Also had bacon wrapped mochi (my favorite kind of yakitori), chicken thigh with skin, tsukene (chicken meatball), chicken skin, rare cooked chicken (a first for me), quail eggs, heart, beef (I think), and whole fried fish (with a bonus of eggs in her belly!). Also tried horse for the first time in the form of carpaccio. No pics, sorry
I've been to Japan many times, but this trip had quite a few food firsts for me. Hope to return again soon!