We’ve been eating and eating in Japan and it’s been getting better and better. Well, except for the big orange (paint ball-ish) fish eggs.

Before eating in Japan, you say “itadakimasu” (“I gratefully receive”), and then “gochisosama (deshita)” (“Thank you for the meal”) after finishing the meal. Well, we don’t say that, but one should.

When drinking beer, wine or sake, it is customary to serve each other, rather than pouring your own. Periodically check your friends’ cups and refill their drinks if their cups are getting empty.

Do not start drinking until everybody at the table is served and the glasses are raised for a drinking salute, which usually is “kampai”. Avoid using “chin chin” when drinking a toast, since in Japanese this expression refers to the male genitals (OOPS).

Tempura shrimp and veggies with soba. Notice the fresh wasabi in the bottom left with sharkskin grater.

Tempura shrimp and veggies with soba. Notice the fresh wasabi in the bottom left with sharkskin grater.

 
Tonkatsu, Japanese version of wiener schnitzel.  Delicious.

Tonkatsu, Japanese version of wiener schnitzel. Delicious.

No, not JJiro's (who dreams of paying $300+ for sushi?) but damn good

No, not Jiro’s (who dreams of paying $300+ for sushi?) but darn good.

   
Savory egg custard appetizer

Savory egg custard appetizer

 
The art of presentation has been quite unlike anything we've ever seen before.

The art of presentation has been quite unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.

 
Japanese feasts include many courses and individual dishes.

Japanese feasts include many courses and individual dishes.

 
Including Octopus tentacles.

Including Octopus tentacles.

 
Or the whole (tiny) octopus

Or the whole (tiny) octopus

 
So many intricate details

So many intricate details

 
Mark was enthralled with this fish shaped like a fish

Mark was enthralled with this fish shaped like a fish

 
The hotplates have been amazing

The soups have been amazing

 
Lots of raw fish...

Lots of raw fish…

 
... and cooked fish

… and cooked fish

  And when you’re full up to your eyeballs of Japanese food, beer and sake, you can always turn to good old Japanese snack food.  
Squid Jerky

Squid Jerky

  Or not…
Mountain Trek guide Kirkland tries out the squid jerky

Mountain Trek guide Kirkland tries out the squid jerky

  Or how about this..
Ahhh, YES.

Ahhh, YES.

Now we’re talking!!