Win What Did You Eat Yesterday?

Not enough people are talking ecstatically about Fumi Yoshinaga’s What Did You Eat Yesterday? It’s a wonderful slice of life manga about two men, their relationship, and their love of good cooking. The first book came out at the end of March, with Volume 2 due at the end of this month.

I can only imagine that more people need to be exposed to this title (so it will run a long time in translation). To do my own small part, I’m offering a contest to win a copy of What Did You Eat Yesterday? Book 1. To enter, please leave a comment below telling me your favorite Japanese dish. A winner will be picked randomly from all entries on Monday, May 5.

(U.S. addresses only, please. Winners will be emailed to confirm address. If email is not answered within 24 hours or a valid email address is not provided, a replacement winner will be selected. Your email won’t be used for any other purpose.)


  1. I have fond, fond memories of sukiyaki from when I visited Japan. I’d love get a copy of this book!

  2. A couple of years ago, I had the pleasure of eating at a really nice Japanese restaurant in Lafayette, IN, where I ate a bowl of katsudon. I absolutely loved it and have been dreaming about it ever since. Sadly, the chef has since retired and the restaurant closed. It was so good, too! If someone were to deliver me a hot bowl of katsudon right now, I’d be super happy :)

    I love Fumi Yoshinaga’s manga, so I hope this title sells well!

  3. I’m quite fond of miso soup as simple as it is! But I always loved tempura shrimp when I was growing up. Going to Japanese restaurants was a rare treat for my family when I was growing up.

  4. I love unagi meshi, which is like una-don (grilled freshwater eel over rice), but it’s cooked in a clay pot, resulting in crispy rice at the bottom. It’s similar to Korean dolsot bibimbap, where you need to be careful with a literally hot pot—but served with mustard greens, nori, and minced scallions. You “rinse” out any sticking tasty bits with dashi broth sometimes made with tea. Mmmm. :)

  5. Funny enough I haven’t actually eaten much Japanese food but that’s more because I don’t eat out often then because I don’t want to (food is expensive in my city). But I had some shrimp tempura once that were pretty amazing so hopefully that counts!

  6. We have a “home-style” Japanese place by our house which we absolutely love. They have a fantastic gomaeh which I alsways pair with their veggie udon soup.

  7. Mmmm, una-don. Now I’m tempted to say that. I love Japanese food, so it’s really hard to choose, but high on my comfort food list is chawan mushi. There’s just something so cozy and soothing about it. I’m not a big fan of shrimp, though, so I either give those to whoever I’m eating with, or try to get it made with crab instead. Yum!

  8. i’ll have to go with shrimp tempura here.

  9. I totally love Agedashi tofu, yum!

  10. Dougtron 3030

    We’re lucky enough to have a ramen shop in Eugene (Toshi’s!) that is so very satisfying. Unagi is my favorite when out for sushi.

  11. I’ve rarely gone out for Japanese food, there aren’t really any good options around were I live. I had a delicious bowl of ramen in NYC once though!

  12. I’ve always loved a good bowl of udon noodles!

  13. Now I’m really hungry. I’ve drawn the winner’s name and emailed them. Thanks to everyone for participating and for reading the site!

    (And thanks for introducing me to the idea of unagi meshi!)

  14. I think my favorite Japanese dish would have to be yuba. I think it must be very rare to find in the West because i’ve only ever come across it in Japan and once during a festival. Being akin to fat, it’s probably not very good for you, but the one time i had it (in a small tourist town near Rinnouji) i totally loved it. It’s like tofu but much more delicate and flavorful.

  15. so glad i won this because i haven’t read a manga that made me laugh and cry and feel feelings like that since Yotsuba&. the part where kenji gets yelled at and he says he only wanted to talk about his partner like everyone else at the salon… i actually put the book down and kind of sobbed a little. as a queer person i appreciate these kinds of stories in comics, i eat up this sappy romantic cute stuff. i enjoyed it a lot and will definitely be buying future volumes. thank you, johanna.

  16. Oh, that’s wonderful to hear. I’m so glad you enjoyed it.

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