Tokyo Day 5: Japanese Breakfast Feast

Since it is taking me a while to get back into the swing of blogging after the move, and being able to sew again is a few weeks off, I wondered what to post about.  Then a little voice inside reminded me there is a mountain of photos from Tokyo begging to be shared. So without further ado I give you Tokyo Day 5.

When I last left off, we toured the one-and-only Tsukiji Market, taken a brief stroll through Harajuku, experienced a truly luxurious meal at Aoyagi, soked in the beauty of Gora Kadan onsen, and ate ourselves sick on an incredible kaiseki dinner.

Which brings us to day 5.  I was starting to get the impression that someone would need to roll me onto the plane to get back home.  The amount of food that was flowing my direction was outrageous!  And the ryokan breakfast that was about to unfold was climactic.

day 5 hot springs onsen bath

Before breakfast there was enough time to soak a few times in the onsen, start packing for the return trip, and I even curled up like a cat in the small reading nook and caught up on the interwebs.  We then broke down and made a call to Taka-san for some coffee out of desperation.  Next time we visit we will be sure to plan ahead for that.  We are both rubbish without that first cup of joe everyday.

The Feast

After being served coffee and a glass of orange juice, our breakfast began with the arrival of a curious object.  Taka-san quietly placed a delicate wooden box on the table along with some sugars and porcelain pot of shoyu.  The moment were heard the fusuma slide closed behind him, we were possessed with curiosity. “What the heck is in there?  It’s nori!”  This simple yet elegant box had a small compartment on top for strips of nori and a section below for a heating element to keep the nori crisp.  This is why I am so enamored by Japanese design.  Form and function. Just perfect!

day 5 asagohan nori crisper

But the curiosity of the box was only the beginning.  Surprise! A huge vegetable salad arrived next.  “Salad for asagohan?” ほんとに!{For real?}  Hey, why not.  I knew that Japanese breakfasts would be a far departure from what is normal in the US, but admittedly I wasn’t expecting salad (O_O)

asagohan salad for breakfast honto ni

It was an explosion of food next. Amazing!

day 5 asagohan at gora kadan

kaiseki flowerbed asagohan breakfast

And respectfully, the breakfast was superior to the dinner the night before.  I am not sure if it was different chefs or something else.  But the breakfast blew the previous meal away.  Our absolute favorite was the soft tofu, to the right of the grilled sweet fish.  Melt in your mouth does not do justice to describing it.  The ayu was spectacular.  And hidden in a lidded bowl was a charming collection of tofu items representing sakura in reflection of spring.  While the cherry blossoms had already fleeted outside, we were able to enjoy their spirit during our meal.

ryokan kaiseki seasonal cusine spring