Nothing like a Brazier/Wok full of Suki-Yaki
over flames on the counter in front of you, with a smaller Hibachi covered with grilling "Beef&Chicken" Yaki-Tori Sticks
(wanna bet about the "Beef"?)
ADD bowl of steaming Tomago Gohan
(white rice with a raw egg broken over it
) and slowly cooking into the rice as you take bites out of the bowl,...All this for
on the old exchange rate, served in a small cafe in mid-winter in a town on Hokkaido, Japan, about the equal to a suburban Wisconsin town of about 15,000.
OH Yeah , Very Mild and Very Hot Green Tea in tiny cups to sip with it. The cooking devices on the counter did more than cook the food, they heated the building also !
Here is an example of a local Saki House and Cafe in a Japanese city near our base back in the 60's.
The place had been closed for health reasons and was just reopened when these photos were taken in 1962.