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Breakfast at Lorimer is the best Japanese-style breakfast in Kyoto. In fact, it’s the best breakfast I’ve had in Kyoto.

But here’s the thing — this classic Japanese breakfast, premised on the elemental and long-standing formula of one soup and three side dishes (ichijū sansai), is prepared by two New Yorkers, Paul Kim and Jeremy Velardi, and Kyotoite Tomomi Horii, who trained in New York.

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