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Jan 28, 2009 10:03 AM

recommendation for traditional japanese feast (pic included)

My husband and I are going to be visiting Japan later this year. A friend of a friend went to Japan and took this photo of their traditional japanese dinner:

They were given kimonos to wear and I just love how beautiful their table looks filled with beautiful dishes. As I am an avid food photographer I'd love to capture something like that while in Tokyo.

Most of the kaiseki places I've read about serve dishes one at a time but I am looking for something where the entire table is filled with dishes.

Does anyone know of a place like this in Tokyo?

Thanks in advance for your help!

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  1. That isn't a kimono, that is a yukata, looks like dinner at a ryokan. My guess is that they asked the staff to bring them all their food at the same time and they took that silly picture. I guess that if you are into that, you could ask them to bring them your dishes but not eat them until the table is full of stuff. Hope you enjoy some cold items best served hot.

    4 Replies
    1. re: Uncle Yabai

      If you stay at a ryokan, your breakfast might look like that although a bit smaller.

      1. re: Uncle Yabai

        Really? I've stayed at ryokan throughout Tohoku, and with the exception of one here in Iwate, all of them have served nearly all of the dishes at the same time. As I understand it, many of the dishes served in a ryokan meal are intended to be served cold or at room temperature.

        1. re: Xochitl10

          The dishes in kaiseki dinners are brought in sequence, not all at the same time. Breakfast can come all at once, or if you have some kind of a teishoku set meal then you'd get that also. If you stay at a minshuku where people eat in communal tables, you may be brought many items at once.

          And although some of the dishes in a kaiseki are meant to be eaten cold or at room temperature (e.g. the sashimi set), the main dishes (e.g. agemono and niimono) and the rice and soup at the end are served hot/warm.

        2. re: Uncle Yabai

          That noodle face is silly - distracting and unappetizing.

        3. Definitely a ryokan, but I don't think there's any special ordering or ill-treatment of the food involved. Most middle-class ryokans I've stayed in do this - bring all the food at once to save themselves hassle (and by middle-class I mean $150-$300 per person). The hot food is brought cold and cooked on the table with those chemical cake thingies. Maybe at the end they'll bring soup and rice so those are hot.

          Just find a way to get out of Tokyo and stay at a ryokan, and make sure they'll serve dinner in your room rather than in a central dining hall. You should have no problem seeing this sort of action!