As we sat down to the breakfast table a waitress light our hotpot candle. On the side of the room were rice, miso, raw eggs (to be cooked in the hotpot), little packets of nori, drinks and desserts. The food they provided on platters were: ham with a light mustard sauce ?mayo, a piece of mackerel, mashed daikon with little whitefish on top, pickles and tofu. The tofu was a bit different to usual. It didn’t have such a strong, pungent taste, but tasted more of soy. There...

The setting for this dinner area was much, much nicer than the one we ate in yesterday. Each shabu shabu table has its own separate booth for privacy. Dad had earlier selected the cheaper option, being ¥1350 each. The more expensive option was ¥2000. For entrees there was a red miso soup, lotus topped with a flower-shaped sweet potato, steamed pumpkin, broccoli sushi, daikon salad, a small fish, a slice of a salmon/daikon roll and a square ‘box’ of daikon filled with soy beans. Our two main platters had...