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A Typical Japanese Breakfast

I have finally realized (at least partly) why the Japanese live so long.  Their breakfasts are so healthy!  I am from the U.S., and I love our breakfast food.  We have all of the good stuff like pancakes, donuts, waffles, bacon, sausage, and French Toast.  Unfortunately, these breakfast foods are probably not doing are body so much good.  So, as you are traveling in Japan, skip McDonalds and eat a traditional Japanese breakfast.  You’ll have a much healthier day.

Traditional Japanese Breakfast

The traditional Japanese breakfast is a bit bigger than our typical, quick bowl of cereal we scarf down as we are trying rush out of the door.  The Japanese breakfast must include rice and Miso soup.  In addition to the very basics, the Japanese will usually add fish, some veggies, and Tamagoyaki, which is a sweet egg. We of course can’t forget the Green Tea, which the Japanese love drinking at all parts of the day.


Natto is another popular breakfast meal in Japan.  It consists of fermented soy beans and rice.  My Japanese friend, Sakura, mentioned that it has a particular smell, which can be hard for some people to take.  She said that there are even Japanese people who can’t eat it!  However, if you are one of the lucky ones who likes this dish, it is said to have excellent health benefits.  So, here’s to a longer life!

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