You know that I think I'm Japanese, and I'm like, totally dragging Jay down that tunnel of disillusionment with me.
In Japan, tempura is served all the time, from one piece in lunch boxes to as a full meal with just rice and dipping sauce for dinner.
The whole meal option is my favorite.
When I studied abroad in Osaka my host mother would have tempura night when she needed to get rid of a lot of ingredients. She'd fry ANYTHING, and it was a blast to watch and eat! I don't do it often, but this is a great fun way to eat some fried foods and veggies all at the same time. It's easy, too!