Long-time gay couple Shiro Kakei and Kenji Yabuki tread through life’s ups and downs with the core love for food on ‘What Did You Eat Yesterday?’
SPOILER ALERT! Proceed with caution.
Shiro Kakei is a 45-year-old divorce lawyer at a small company. While talking with a client, his colleagues are discussing their dinner the previous night. When asked about what he ate for dinner, Shiro mentioned a very detailed meal, complete with every side dish and every spice he included in the meal that he ate last night. His colleagues were dumbfounded by his detailed answer, and watched him leave at exactly 6 PM, “with a spring on his step”. The employees gossiped about why Shiro leaves on time, and that they heard rumors about him having a girlfriend waiting for him. One of them even mentioned that Shiro looks like the type of person who buys expensive grocery items…
But in reality, Shiro leaves on time because he wants to get the best bargain at the flash sale happening at the market. He gets his groceries and thinks that he scored a good buy with milk on sale that day, but when he goes to another store to buy something else, he notices that the milk there is being sold at a cheaper price. He complained to the salesperson, but he found out that he overlooked the one-day sale for the same brand of milk. Shiro definitely does not seem like someone who will spend a lot on his grocery shopping.
Shiro rushes home and prepares food. He meticulously plans his meals step by step, very carefully.
Just as setting up the table, his partner, Kenji Yabuki comes home with ice cream that he bought at the convenience store, which gained complaints from the thrifty Shiro. Kenji insisted that he wanted to buy the ice cream, despite the fact that he bought it at full price because Shiro mentioned earlier that he wanted to eat ice cream. Eventually, Shiro gave in and told Kenji to prepare for dinner. While eating, Kenji mentions that Shiro seems to like money because of how thrifty he is, despite being a lawyer. Shiro said that he only wants to save money because he wants to rely on himself when he’s older, which gained a pout from Kenji. Shiro notices this and changes the subject to the food he just cooked.
After dinner, Shiro talked to his mom, who informed him that she met with some people to learn more about the gay community, even asking her son if she had come out to his colleagues at work. Shiro said that there was no need to come out at his workplace, which, unfortunately, Kenji heard.
The next day, Kenji is at work at the hair salon where he is fixing a customer’s hair. The customer wanted to change her hairstyle a lot, but in truth, she only wanted to ask Kenji out on a date. Kenji turned her down and told her that he’s gay and that he actually lives with his boyfriend, who’s a lawyer (he said it so proudly, too! Good for him.)
After work, Kenji runs into Shiro, who is not in a good mood because of an incident at his work. Kenji, however, is in a good mood and tries to cheer Shiro up, but to no avail. As they were walking together, Kenji ran into the same female customer he just had earlier on. The customer pointed at Shiro and asked Kenji if it was the same boyfriend he was talking about earlier. Shiro was horrified and even scolded Kenji when they arrived back home. He yelled at him for outing him to his customer, saying that he’s not even out to his colleagues and that he does not like it that random people would know he was gay. Shiro told Kenji that if he did not understand that, he should leave. Kenji was silent the whole time. He turns his back to him, cries, and says that he only wants to talk to his customers naturally about the person he lives with, the same way his co-workers would talk about their wives and children.
As an apology and to comfort his lover, Shiro announces that he’ll prepare food. Kenji wholeheartedly accepts this apology and they eat dinner together, finishing the day by computing monthly food expenses and eating the ice cream Kenji bought at full price. The true essence of domesticity.