tokyo dining

japan, Poetry

blue sushi restaurant

Prepared like art, with heart,
Eaten with care, flavours rare,
Japanese food is really that good,
Cooking and dining are national pastimes,
Ramen is a passion and,
Sushi a fashion,
That powers Tokyo life.

snack bar

snack bar 2

Colourful restaurants; from counter bars to tatami mats,
Natural flavours, fresh, chosen with care,
Attention to detail, clear to see, delicately prepared,
Haru, Natsu, Aki, Fuyu; Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter,
Often seasonal; food and tableware.

yakitori cooking

salary men dinner

Traditional meals, that are
Humble small dishes, with
Rice to fill you,
Fermented soya to increase your life,
Vegetables and seaweed to nourish you,
Fish or meat, just a treat,
All arrayed in front of you,
Tea afterwards as a sweet?
Candy, chocolate and cake? – simply no need.

green lights

red lights

Hidden behind green and red lights,
Small alleyways, with restaurants side by side,
That’s beautiful Japan,
Beer and skewered meat; just what I need.

italian food

sakura bar

Just one word of warning,
Be prepared,
If the food is good,
To wait in line.


sake barrel

Tokyo dining; a social affair,
Friends, food and sake, the perfect afterparty,
Salary man and lady; who work so hard, can finally relax,
Even alone, you can be part of the counter dining family.

yellow ramen bar

red noodle bar
curtain bar

This is kind of a poem I wrote today after completing the first 5 days of the wordpress bloggingU writting201 (poetry) course. The photographs are from both 2014 adn 2015 of restaurants and food stands in Tokyo, Japan. I’ve been wanting to write something about these photos for quite some time. But I had been putting it off, as I was going to write something quite long winded. Today I had an idea, why not just try to write a simple poem about some of the things I love about Japanes food / dining.


10 thoughts on “tokyo dining

    1. hey, not at the moment, but I have had three trips out there, up to a few months long, I love it there and really recommend it. I will post some more about Japan in future :)

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    1. Thank you :) – I was hoping to write it to give a taste (forgive me) of what it’s like there. I will work more on the poetry on this one in future too. And planning to write more to go with photos – I think it can be quite nice to combine them


  1. I love this poem! I love the storytelling with photos and poetry. I especially love: Ramen is a passion and,
    Sushi a fashion ,
    As I am someone very familiar with ramen haha

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    1. Hi Kt, thank you so much, I’m glad you enjoyed the first part, I was playing around with how I could get ramen and sushi in (turns out not a lot rhymes with sushi lol) :)

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  2. Could never resist a good bowl of Ramen, would like to try the authentic ones in Japan one day! Not to mention the delicious Don~~ yummy photos!
    And the use of “salary man” fits perfectly into Japanese lifestyle, really love your poetry and photos of Japanese cuisine.

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    1. yes – salary man lifestyle is such a bit part of japanese culture, there are some famous places for ramen, but I enjoy most the small local place where people live :)

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