Breakfast in Japan: between tradition and new trends

  • Published on : 30/03/2020
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Une table de petit déjeuner

Une table de petit déjeuner japonaise typique.

What is the Japanese breakfast? A healthy breakfast to start the day off right!

Whether taken with the family or alone, on the go or at a restaurant, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Slow sugars, vitamins, proteins, it is indeed supposed to contain all the nutritional contributions allowing us to start the day well. Especially in Japan, since the Japanese breakfast is considered one of the most balanced in the world! What is hiding on the plates of our Japanese friends? Japan Experience is now putting its feet in the dish.

The central element around which the rest of the meal revolves , rice is often served white when not accompanied by an egg to make Tamago Kake Gohan. Its consumption then gives rhythm to the hostilities, since it is the first element of the breakfast to be touched as well as the last to be finished. Note that it can also be enjoyed with nori (Japanese seaweed), or even nattô for the more adventurous.

A bowl of Japanese rice

The correct way to put down your chopsticks in Japan


Next to the rice, you will then find the proteins. Whether it takes the form of an omelet, grilled salmon or even tofu, protein is indeed inherent in Japanese breakfast. They are also served with a miso soup, recommended by nutritionists for its low salt content.

Inoue restaurant dish

Omurice of the Inoue restaurant.


The first meal of the day finally consists of tsukemono , such as daikon (white radish), cucumber, or umeboshi (candied plum). These come to energize the flavors with their harsh taste , and their nutritional virtues are perfectly adapted to the beginning of the day since they are rich in vitamins. A green tea will come to conclude the whole, served cold or hot according to the conveniences.

Quelques tsukemono

Quelques tsukemono (légumes marinés) pouvant être consommé lors d’un petit déjeuner japonais. Ici Aubergines et cornichons.

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As the preparation of certain dishes such as miso soup or fish can be time consuming, Japanese people pressed for time tend to swap rice and tsukemono for toast or cereal.

Starburcks cafe and Tully's pastry shops are now taken by storm when trains dump their first batch of daily travelers, and the traditional breakfast is now just a treat you enjoy on a morning. at the ryokan (traditional inn) or on a Sunday with the family.

And for good reason, raised to the rank of standing, it is today an emblematic element of Japanese culture.

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  • Fri, 12/30/2016 - 00:00

    Super pour un devoir I thank my bicycle for safely getting me to my destination everytime I dismount. As I get older I often think the sheer quantity of the most mundane of my possessions diminishes my ability to hold them all in equally high regard. For instance, I have so many pins and needles (I too enjoy sewing) that I am ashamed to say it is unlikely for me to be able to be mindful enough to appreciate this practice. This is a beautiful practice and I will make attempt to do it.

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