A Japanese Breakfast

a japanese breakfast // loveandlemons.com

We made it to Japan! I think it’s only fitting that our first post is about the first meal of the day. I wouldn’t normally recommend eating breakfast at your hotel, but in Japan you have to (at least once) experience the Japanese breakfast. If you haven’t heard of it, the concept might rock your mind… I mean, it is miso soup and fish for breakfast after all…

a japanese breakfast // loveandlemons.com

This particular breakfast was at the Claska, a boutique hotel in Tokyo. We spent our first two nights there and our favorite part was their version of the Japanese breakfast. It was a little less traditional than others we’ve had, but we just loved the modern take.

a japanese breakfast // loveandlemons.com

It starts with a choice of coffee or green tea. Pick the green tea, or you’re not doing it right. Next you get a big tray full of many little things… miso soup, rice, pickles, & miso broiled fish among others (see above). Traditionally (I think) there’s a natto course, but we thought it was so clever that they subbed in seasonal okra for a similar “gooey” component. Also, we’ve yet to acquire the taste for natto.

a japanese breakfast // loveandlemons.com

The “take home” idea for us was the soft boiled egg mixed into rice with a sweet soy sauce, pickled veggies, and torn pieces of toasted nori. I can’t see myself going through the effort to recreate this entire breakfast platter at home, but an eggy breakfast rice bowl, I can do. yum yum.

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  1. Rebecca from iliveinvancouvernow.virb.com on said:

    Oh, this looks heavenly! The first photo had me drooling, really. The well broiled fish looks particularly appealing. Happy travels!

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      thanks! It was really darn good 🙂

  2. Siglet on said:

    that looks really good! We’re off to Japan too in just under 3 weeks so I can’t wait to see more posts, I love the ones on instagram- the more I see the more excited I get (if that is even possible!)

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      3 weeks, that’s so exciting!

  3. Coco on said:

    Have you ever had Korean food? This looks exactly like bibimbap. 🙂
    Love the photos. Thanks for sharing!

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      yes, love korean food 🙂

  4. I have found memories of Japan, I love the traditional breakfast of miso and rice. Sometimes we would have black rice with sticky rice syrup as a treat, so warming I hope your trip is going well and can not wait for a new update.

  5. Dom from lartdelacuriosite.blogspot.com on said:

    I stayed at Claska hotel 5 months ago and had this gorgeous breakfast too.
    Thank you so much to remind me one of the wonderful moments I spent there.

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      oh I’m so glad, we just loved it!

  6. Jee on said:

    Looks really good. I love Japanese breakfast!

    On a side note, in Japan you are not supposed to put soy sauce on your rice, it is considered bad manners. In general you should refrain from pouring soy sauce on anything other than tofu. You should rather dip your food into the soy sauce. However since you are obviously foreigners I highly doubt that you have offended anyone ^o^. This is a common mistake many foreigners in Japan do.

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      Hi Jee,

      We totally understand that foreigners probably overuse soy sauce … at this specific place it was more of a prepared sweet soy sauce that they instructed us to pour onto the rice. Just trying to do what we’re told! 🙂

    • Beepboopbop on said:

      You put soy sauce in tamago gohan, which is essentially what they had except the egg was soft boiled rather than raw. Perfectly acceptable.

  7. I am loving that soft-boiled egg and rice breakfast idea. I am glad you guys are having a great trip so far.

  8. Mallory Dowd from acountryincident.blogspot.com on said:

    This looks great! My fella and I are going to Tokyo next week. I see that this hotel also has a really nice shop franchise. Did you notice if there was a shop was in the hotel? Thanks for sharing, we might make it out for this breakfast!

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      yes, there was a small shop… I hope you have fun in tokyo!

  9. i love savory breakfasts but would have never thought of baked fish and miso soup..if i ever get a chance, I surely will be eating Japanese breakfast.

  10. Kathryn from londonbakes.com on said:

    Love the pictures in this post – so evocative! I hope you guys are having a blast in Japan.

  11. Erin on said:

    Oh man, I wanted to stay at Claska for my upcoming trip, but the days I wanted were all booked up! Maybe next year. Their rooms look amazing. Which one did you stay in?

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      um… one on the 5th floor? I booked these two nights at the last minute (I think I just happened to snatch it because it was only 2 nights). We’re in Kyoto this week, heading back to Tokyo next week and it was booked up for that part of our trip.

      • Erin on said:

        Ah, that must have been one of the Japanese Modern ones. The Tatami and DIY rooms caught my eye the most, but I bet the one you stayed in was great, too!

  12. deb on said:

    beautiful pix and a super looking breakfast. bon appetite to you both
    during future eats! keep posting updates on your Japan trip, please.

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      thanks! glad you’re enjoying them!

  13. Love eating Japanese foods – I will say that the RAW egg and Japanese rice for breakfast is yum yum yum. We get our eggs from the market so it’s fresh, organic, and safe. If the rice is steaming hot, it cooks it partially so there’s no boiling to do… Hope you are/have enjoyed your Japanese trip!!

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      interesting, if I get brave I’ll try that at home! (with some good organic eggs of course).

  14. Teffy from teffysperks.blogspot.com on said:

    I remember being in Vietnam and having pho noodle soup for breakfast. It’s more of a lunch/dinner feel for me, but it does start the day with an awesome kick to it!

    Teffy { Teffys Perks Blog }


    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      ooh I can’t wait to get to Vietnam… I know, it’s so interesting how different cultures approach breakfast!

  15. Kasey from turntablekitchen.com on said:

    Oh you are making me miss Japan! Sounds soo good.

  16. Gaby from whatsgabycooking.com on said:

    How amazing, it all looks so good!!

  17. erin from opportunityknits.blogspot.com on said:

    Such a luxury to have rice and fish for breakfast! The steamed rice with soft boiled egg and soya sauce sounds really yummy and simple too.

  18. Claudia from Www.buenprovechoblog.com on said:

    Looks like you’re having a great time with lots of amazing food! I love eggs over rice and the addition of a sweet soy sauce is intriguing. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

  19. Wow, amazing! I loved Japan when I was there a few years ago. Make sure to go to an Okonomiyaki place where you prepare the pancakes at your table – you’ll smell like a little Okonomiyaki afterwards, but it’s well worth the experience!

  20. Alexandra K from alexandra-k.blogspot.com on said:

    I totaly love it!
    japanese food is so delicious.
    I have recently been to Tokyo and couldn’t stop eating there=)

  21. Sini from myblueandwhitekitchen.com on said:

    Now I’m craving a Japanese style breakfast! Looks so good.

  22. julia from beautyandsomebeef.com on said:

    Looks like such a fantastic trip, I’m hoping to get to Japan in the near future partly now for that breakfast that you had. What an interesting breakfast! Im a rice-oholic so looks perfect to me!

  23. Looks like an awesome trip! I actually prefer to eat dinner food for breakfast. I think USA is one of the only cultures to load sugar first thing in the morning through bagels and cereal

  24. Gosh, what a lovely (and delicious) experience. I have yet to visit Asia. *Sigh* Someday…

  25. fai from cosetteblog.blogspot.com on said:

    what a cool place to stay! i hope you are enjoying japan 🙂

  26. Jonathan on said:

    They look SO GOOD! How lucky of you!
    Oh, how do you edit your photos by the way?

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      Thanks! I use Lightroom, and (for the travel photos) I’ve been using the VSCO films.

  27. Bonnie from makingmisotasty.com on said:

    Beautiful photographs!

  28. Yvonne from betterwithlemons.wordpress.com on said:

    I feel like we might be kindred spirits. My blog started with my love of lemons, too 🙂 And I spent the first 17 years of my life living in Kobe, so your posts on Japan are very nostalgic for me. (I never developed a taste for natto, ever…) Thanks for sharing your photos and experiences!

  29. Jessica on said:

    Coffee is a perfectly acceptable choice to have with your breakfast. The Japanese LOVE coffee, like most industrialized countries. Did you visit any kisatten or localized coffee shops while there? They elevate the beans into an art form all their own, so while perhaps not as traditional as green tea there’s certainly enough of a coffee culture for it to be an acceptably “Japanesey” inclusion…

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      Hi Jessica,

      I really wasn’t trying to imply that Japanese don’t make good coffee – I just really enjoyed all the green tea 🙂

  30. Adriana on said:

    Looks amazing! Lovely photography too. I’m currently planning a trip to Japan and have my eye on Claska hotel. I’ll be staying there for 6 nights. Do you think it’s too far from the heart and buzz of Tokyo? I appreciate your feedback in advance XX

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