Slideshow: A Ten Course Tempura-Only Meal at Tsunahachi in Tokyo, Japan

Tempura Tsunohachi
Tempura Tsunohachi
A simple but elegant sign greets you.
The meal to come
The meal to come
Your entire meal is displayed before you on a platter before the chef begins to cook.
Watch out, they kick!
Watch out, they kick!
This lively little guy jumped right off the plate, two feet through the air, and onto the counter.
It begins
It begins
Live shrimp are the first course.
Shrimp
Shrimp
The bodies are carefully straightened before frying, the guts are removed, and the head and crunchy claws are served separately.
A selection of salts
A selection of salts
Green tea salt is the traditional accompaniment to tempura. At Tsunahachi, they've got regular sea salt, seaweed salt, green tea salt, and shiso salt.
Lotus root, clams, and sea scallops
Lotus root, clams, and sea scallops
Lotus root stays crisp and crunchy during its fry, while giant clams are shucked, finely sliced, and returned to their shell before being battered and fried. A sweet soy-based sauce is drizzled on top and a lime wedge comes on the side. Large, sweet sea scallops that rival any New England clam shack (and that's high praise) are here as well.
Filleting an anago
Filleting an anago
A whole eel gets converted into two perfect fillets in a matter of seconds by the skilled sous chef.
Fried anago
Fried anago
Tender, flaky, and almost silky in texture, it's as delicate a fish as you could imagine, and one of the most popular tempura fish since the 17th century.
Tempura ice cream
Tempura ice cream
And for dessert? A block of ice cream wrapped in thinly pounded pound cake, dipped in tempura, fried, and served with a fresh raspberry sauce.