Typical meals in modern Japan

Today I talk about typical meals in modern Japan. Japanese people eat various dishes such as Japanese, western, Chinese, Korean, and Asian food, etc. I introduce daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Japan.

※Japanese style meal is called “washoku(和食)”, and it is well-balanced and healthy. Basically, there are rice, soup, one main dish, and two small side dishes.
This post introduces the Japanese style meal.


Popular breakfast styles are the Japanese and the western.

★Japanese style meal

There are rice, miso soup, grilled fish, egg dishes, pickles, or natto.

★Western-style meal

There are bread, egg dishes, ham or bacon or sausage, salad, yogurt, etc. Some people drink milk or coffee.
I usually eat a western-style meal in the morning because it is easy for ready. My husband doesn’t eat breakfast at home. He likes to eat breakfast in a cafe or his office.

Nowadays Japanese adults who don’t eat breakfast have increased

And according to the survey in 2016 of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, Japanese adults who don’t eat breakfast reached 15.4% for males and 10.7% for females. Some people do not have time in the morning.


I introduce weekdays lunch.

★Go to restaurants

Company employees often eat a one-dish meal for lunch. Popular foods are noodles (udon, soba, and ramen) and beef bowl. And many izakayas (Japanese drinking restaurants) serve lunch teishoku menu, so some workers go to eat lunch at izakayas. The average spending on lunch is 500~600 yen.

The post about a beef bowl is here. ↓

★At an office or school

Some people make lunch at home, and bring it to their office or school. We call that “obento”.

Some people buy food for lunch in a convenience store. Many foods are sold there. Obento, rice ball called onigiri, sandwich, bread, noodle, etc.
※onigiri is a rice ball wrapped in seaweed with fillings.


There are many restaurants in Japan. Japanese people often drink at an izakaya with a colleague after work. Italian, Chinese, Korean and Asian restaurants are also popular. We often eat Japanese style meal for dinner at home.
Popular main dishes are
・Fried chicken
・Nikujaga (meat and potatoes)

・Ginger fried pork

Tonkatsu(Japanese pork cutlet)

・Hamburg Steak
・Fish Meuniere
・Fried fish
We also cook Chinese food such as mapo tofu, fried rice, dumplings, and sweet and sour pork, etc. I love mapo tofu and dumplings!

Of course, We sometimes eat western-style dishes.
・Curry and rice(Japanese curry)

・Stew(use stew mix)
・Omelette rice (an omelet stuffed with rice)

・Pasta dishes(it is easy to cook)
Other than, we sometimes eat sushi, and in winter we often eat nabe. The post about nabe is here. ↓

If you visit Japan, try to eat those foods(*^^*).
This website has many recipes of Japanese dishes↓


rice (Japanese OL)

Japanese OL. (OL means “office lady”. Women who work in offices.) I was born in a rural part of the Kanto area in the latter half of the 1980s. I  live and work in Tokyo now. I live with my husband. I study English by writing this blog!

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