It shouldn’t come as any surprise, but a traditional Japanese breakfast could not be more different from the Western coffee-and-pastry on the run. In fact, a visitor from overseas might think it looks and feels more like dinner. The first meal of the day in Japan is more elegant in every way — from portion size to nutritional philosophy.

Here are the elements you can expect to find in a typical, beautifully balanced Japanese breakfast (waffles and syrup most definitely not included).

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