Japans ontbijt.. even slikken

Wie me kent, weet dat ik absoluut geen ontbijtmens ben. Zelfs de geur van versgebakken koffiekoeken in een bakkerij kan me niet verleiden. Mijn maag draait er van om. Nu wil het, dat ik een man heb die leeft voor ontbijt en dus het allerliefst kamers boekt met het ontbijt inbegrepen. In Japan is dat ontbijten een uitdaging van een hoger niveau 🙂

Wat houdt een Japans ontbijt in?

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5 most difficult things of living in Japan

Don’t worry, my next post will be about the 5 best things of living in Japan 😉
Here goes:

5. The rules are the rules

Yes, this is exactly why everybody likes Japan; it’s organised, safe and clean. That is because everybody walks in line (sometimes literally, when queuing for the bus or waiting to cross). But when you live here, the strictness can become a bit stiffling because there is no flexibility whatsoever. Get in line and follow protocoll.


4. Recycling
There are just so many categories and bags! The worst for me is that you have to wash and cut the milk cartons and fold them. It makes you stop buying milk altogether. The most hilarious; you’re supposed to take your baby’s poo out of the diaper and flush it.

recycling milk

3. Food
Why does the whole world think Japan serves super healthy food? I think it might be true for sashimi and sushi – if you pick the sushi without mayonnaise – and for noodles (quite healthy but lots of calories) but then there is all the (deep) fried stuff: tempura, yakitori, tonkatsu, chicken wings and so on. It can also be quite a challenge to find vegetables in your dish!

Another thing is the ‘kawai’ food that comes in very artificial colours. Food that is fluorescent, thanks but no thanks!

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Traditional Japanese food is healthy, but who still cooks it? Japan is overrun by fast food chains, izakayas and so on. We have a hard time finding a restaurant that serves non-greecy food. I keep wondering why most Japanese are so skinny. Must be the tiny portions 🙂



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Plastic soup

No, this post isn’t about Japan’s outrageous plastic waste (good guess, though). It’s literally about plastic soup. So yes, this post is about food. There’s something called sampuruIf you’ve been in Japan you’ve definitely seen it in the restaurant windows; the plastic food samples. Sampuru has existed for ages and has become a true form of art. This also means if you wanted to buy it (while in Tokyo I thought it would be a funny souvenir) it’ll cost you more than you would expect, because the food replicas are made by hand. The fake food ends up costing around ten times more than the real food.

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