Our Last Night in Tokyo: A Traditional Japanese Meal

April 30, 2008 at 2:29 am 5 comments

After a long, successful day of filming at the Wellness Community, Kenichi and Nanako kindly  took us out to a traditional Japanese meal. It was very fancy and quite a treat – eight courses. The place they took us seemed to be reserved for special occasions. Here’s an overview of our experience.

Course #1: Raw fish and marinated plum. I liked it. Wilson just said: “define like.” No photo for this one.
Course #2: Whole fried baby fish (eye intact) with baby bamboo and seaweed wrapped in tofu skin. All eyes were on Wilson. Nanoko was encouraging him to take a little bite. He managed a bite of the tail. When he did this, Nanako screamed, “Ouch!” I didn’t try it. 
Course #3: Raw beef sushi for everyone else, tuna for me. 
Course #4: Raw squid and fish on ice. We all ate the fish, which was good. We also tried one piece of squid each. Wow! The experience of trying to eat the squid was a rough one. It was super chewy yet pasty and sticky. Wilson thought there might be tape in it. I thought it tasted like paste. We chewed that one piece for over five minutes but it just wouldn’t get smaller. Finally, we all just swallowed it with a big gulp of water. 
Course #5: Tempura fried veggies and fish
Course #6: Soup with full-bodied sea life. This one had a wee octopus in it floating around. At one point, Wilson said,  “Guys, I got to be honest. I don’t think I can do this.” I couldn’t do it either. We both drank some broth though.
Course #7: Beef for everyone, shrimp for me. We all agreed this was very good but Claire and Wilson said the beef was very rich.
Course #8: Dessert.  Yahoo! Wilson had fruit and some jellied thing. The rest of us had the jelly too but also soy bean ice cream.  

On the cab ride home, we talked about what was going through our heads throughout the dinner.
– Claire: “I can do this, I can do this, I can do this.”
– Wilson: “Am I on Survivor? Where are the hidden cameras?”
– Anne: “Be brave, be gracious, be brave, be gracious, be really brave.” 

It was a truly amazing, one-of-a-kind experience – fun and memorable with wonderful new friends. We got to try so many different and new kinds of food. A real treat! Claire was the trooper and ate everything. Way to represent, Claire!!


Entry filed under: Japan.

Monday in Tokyo Wednesday in India

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Beth  |  April 30, 2008 at 8:02 am

    Poor, poor Wilson.

  • 2. Andy  |  April 30, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    I am laughing so hard at this entry! And am a tiny bit sickened.

  • 3. devon  |  April 30, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    Claire- we’re all so proud, way to take one for the team.

  • 4. Sarah Waggoner  |  April 30, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    I truly can’t believe Wilson went for the squid and the whole fish. I am so proud! Would have liked to be a fly on the wall for that one!!

  • 5. Jennifer  |  May 3, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    Wow. Not just your typical spicy tuna roll sushi dinner.


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