On my first day in Tokyo I set out at 8am to visit the famous Sensoji temple and then headed out to lunch. I was wondering what I could eat and I saw a small resturaunt that served ‘Hiru Gohan’ (Japanese word for lunch). There was already a small line outside the store and I stood in line, when the lady came to take my order while I waited in line – I told her in Japanese that I would love to sit at the common table outside the restaurant and she immediately made space for me, when a diner left.
I ordered a Salmon & Tuna Sashimi and it took me about 20 mins to take my first bite of my meal. In India it is unheard of for people to eat anything raw. It was the first time I was seeing any raw meat in my bowl, and it took decades of mental conditioning to undo that. I closed my eyes and picked up the Tuna to enjoy the first morsel of the scrumptious Sashimi. I am glad I took this first step to break into the whole new world of delicious, healthy and IchiBan spread of nutritious cuisine.
I loved the freshness of the Tuna, Salmon, the see weed on rice, sweet ginger slices, and the dominant flavor of Wasabi. One of the main reasons I will return to Japan is for the food 🙂 Makes me so happy to eat the freshest, tastiest, and nutritious food. The Tuna, Ikura, Salmon, Sushi all were a treat to my soul.
For the rest of my days in Japan, I had a fabulous time trying out a variety of cuisine from Hokkaido, Kanazawa, Osaka, Kyoto and Kyushuu. I am a now the greatest fan of a new line of IchiBan Japanese cuisine.