Tokyo dining

Prepared like art, with heart,
Eaten with care, flavours rare,
Japanese food is really that good,
Cooking and dining are national pastimes,
Ramen is a passion and,
Sushi a fashion,
That powers Tokyo life.

Colourful restaurants; from counter bars to tatami mats,
Natural flavours, fresh, chosen with care,
Attention to detail, clear to see, delicately prepared,
Haru, Natsu, Aki, Fuyu; Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter,
Often seasonal; food and tableware.

Traditional meals, that are
Humble small dishes, with
Rice to fill you,
Fermented soya to increase your life,
Vegetables and seaweed to nourish you,
Fish or meat, just a treat,
All arrayed in front of you,
Tea afterwards as a sweet?
Candy, chocolate and cake? – simply no need.

Hidden behind green and red lights,
Small alleyways, with restaurants side by side,
That’s beautiful Japan,
Beer and skewered meat; just what I need.

Just one word of warning,
Be prepared,
If the food is good,
To wait in line.

Tokyo dining; a social affair,
Friends, food and sake, the perfect afterparty,
Salary man and lady; who work so hard, can finally relax,
Even alone, you can be part of the counter dining family.

This is kind of a poem I wrote today after completing the first 5 days of the WordPress bloggingU writting201 (poetry) course. The photographs are from both 2014 and 2015 of restaurants and food stands in Tokyo, Japan. I’ve been wanting to write something about these photos for quite some time. But I had been putting it off, as I was going to write something quite long-winded. Today I had an idea, why not just try to write a simple poem about some of the things I love about Japanese food/dining.

13 replies on “Tokyo dining”

Hi Mel & Suan, I had a coffee with an artist friend yesterday and we were talking about this (she also loves Japan). We were saying that in Japan everything is done with such care and attention to detail, it’s all very thoughtful, it applies to the food, the ceremonies, even simple things like cleaning the streets. I think that’s one reason we both love it. It’s kind of like a respect for life, a respect for every moment and thing. It’s similar to minimalism, some people in west think minimalism is simply emptying the room, but in Japan minimalism can still be with a lot of detail, but not wastingly complicated.. The perfect piece of sushi is simple in that it emphasis the natural flavour of the fish without unnecessarily distraction, however it’s complex in selecting the fish, cutting it perfectly, service it at the right temperature, serving it in the right way with the right dish etc.

Ah, as you can see from my long reply, I do think this is really art, and I appreciate it so much !

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Oh definitely! And you might also notice that Japan is one of the few countries that we have made so many journeys to. Other countries due to the fact we lived there or were within close proximity. But Japan we touched countless times!

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Could never resist a good bowl of Ramen, would like to try the authentic ones in Japan one day! Not to mention the delicious Don~~ yummy photos!
And the use of “salary man” fits perfectly into Japanese lifestyle, really love your poetry and photos of Japanese cuisine.

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yes – salary man lifestyle is such a bit part of japanese culture, there are some famous places for ramen, but I enjoy most the small local place where people live πŸ™‚

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Hi Kt, thank you so much, I’m glad you enjoyed the first part, I was playing around with how I could get ramen and sushi in (turns out not a lot rhymes with sushi lol) πŸ™‚

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Thank you πŸ™‚ – I was hoping to write it to give a taste (forgive me) of what it’s like there. I will work more on the poetry on this one in future too. And planning to write more to go with photos – I think it can be quite nice to combine them


hey, not at the moment, but I have had three trips out there, up to a few months long, I love it there and really recommend it. I will post some more about Japan in future πŸ™‚

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