Fresh off the boat from China in December of 2006, Japan’s main difference from China stuck out like a sore thumb: lack of street food. As my brother and I made our way from Osaka to Tokyo we were mystified at how Japanese people actually ate. Where were the steaming baskets of breakfast buns, the boiling pots of tea eggs, the toasty rounds of flat bread, the clay jars of fresh yogurt, the skewered fresh pineapple, the savory bowls of pulled noodles?

Now that we’re living in Japan the secret has been revealed. Japanese people eat at home! From morning street markets and mountain farm stands to your local supermarket, home-cooking in Japan is highly revered and delicious.