There are two type of breakfast pattern at home in Japan, it's rice or bread. I am in the bread group and eat Japanese Pain de mie "Shoku pan" for breakfast. "Shoku pan" has usually square shape, it's the most plain bread used for toast and sandwich. It's such popular breakfast for Japanese, like this post "16 Cliched Problems Only Anime Characters Will Understand" says, you see character eat shoku pan while running to school often in manga. Since bread grope eat it everyday, shoku pan is very reasonable, one pack costs 100 -120yen. But recently we have rich shoku pan boom. 7/11 Japan sell "Kin no Shokupan" (golden shoku pan), it costs 250yen because they use better flours and better butter, but they sell over 7.2million of packs already, after that, other convenient stores started to sell expensive sandwiches and they all make good sales. In June finally rich shoku pan shop "centre the bakery" opened in Ginza, they sell only shoku pan and sandwiches. They have interesting system, if you choose a toast, you need to choose the toaster first and take it to your table, then choose bread, butter or jam and make toast by yourself. I wanna try this.
By the way, Japanese bread tend to puffy and sweet, I personally like hard non sweet bread like German bread, it's hard to find such hard bread though. Foreign people's opinions are divided very much for Japanese bread. These are well known videos introduced in Yahoo Japan.
This is the Tokyo the best bread shop ranking from the most popular food shop review site "Tabelog". No.1 shop L'atelier de Plaisir is not so far from my house. I will get it.
This year, we have boom of frozen beer! You can enjoy sherbet like froth on top of beer and also it keeps beer cool. This year might be hot coz we still have power shortages by stopping all of its nuclear power plants in Japan. We drink frozen beer at several shops that serve KIRIN beer or they have home sherbet froth maker. I am sure I will try frozen beer soon.
What you need it a cup noodle (seafood taste is good) and a egg. Eat cup noodle first in regular way and put a egg into soup, stir and put it in microwave. 3 minutes is fine. visual is not so great but people said taste is fine! Add to your Japanese food recipe!
I wrote about calbee antenna shop before, it's a nice place for snack lovers but there is more in Tokyo Station! Tokyo Okashi Land is the great place where you can enjoy Japanese big three snack makers Calbee, Grico(pocky), Morinaga( I looooooooove choco frake)'s special and limited snack. Freshly fried potato chips with choco or cheese sauce in Calbee, fresly coocked chocolate almond in Grico etc,. Love this, I need to rush to go.
Takara Tomy has relesed Gurefuru ChuChu as one of new cooking toy series. Put a stick part into Grapefruit and twirl a handle. Then you can drink grapefruit juice wtih straw. This is nice idea, we can make cocktail or fruitjerry easly!. Here is an AD movie, I like people's comments.
We love furikake, when I was a kids we had a few furikake in the shop. but now I don't know how many kinds we have now. Even the price of each is really cheap, we can enjoy various taste and also it can be nutrient coz any foods like sesame, nori, dry fish, vegetable, even crashed fish bone with rich calcium can be included. If you don't like white rice, you may enjoy it with furikake, I am sure.
Marumiya's Noritama has been in the past and still remains the most popular furikake in Japan. And I wonder Kinshobai is the most expensive furikake which can be gift in gorgeous pot.
We have eat at home more than before in this bad economy. So we have a lot of furikake recipe too, here is easy one in English.
Today we have news, Toy maker Takara Tomy has released "Okashi na furikake", it means snack frikake machine, you can put snacks whichever you like and crash and make frikake with machine. The machine has three types of blade and make different size frikake on the table by hand. Love it.