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Tempura is awesome whenever. Breaded, deep-fried veggies and meat slices, how can that go wrong? I haven't made it yet myself, but I fully plan to.
And of course, you can always just fry up some meat, slice some veggies, and slap that on top of a nice bowl of rice.
Buy some Udon and some Soba noodles. You can go find some recipes for things that use those sorts of noodles, or just make something up.
If you feel up to it, I recommend buying a Japanese cookbook (in Japanese). It's a great way to learn guaranteed-authentic Japanese cuisine, as well as to build your vocabulary in cooking/kitchen-oriented areas, some words you might not encounter much elsewhere, but will encounter often there. Kitchen knife, cutting board, tablespoon ("big spoon"), teaspoon ("small spoon"), "a pinch", and of course the names of various familiar ingredients such as garlic, carrots, sesame, etc... one of my favorite sets of words I picked up from a cookbook are the names of the fingers of your hand (in describing the proper way to hold various utensils), especially the word for "thumb", 親指... 親 (おや) is a prefix meaning "pro-" (when used as a prefix, it's usually pronounced しん; note that it can also mean "parent", as in 父親 (ちちおや, father) or 両親 (りょうしん, parents), and 指 is ゆび, finger... so the thumb is what you stick up to show that you're "pro-" something.
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