I, for one, prefer this very small and still undiscovered Japanese resto simply known as Tanabe.
Named after the owner, Tanabe offers Japanese cuisine with none of the usual add-ons you find in some commercialized, similarly inspired restaurant. There are no added sweetness to entice the Filipino's inclination to anything sugary nor any lessening of bitterness in the prickled veggies. Just simple, tasty Japanese fare.
They do try their best to incorporate a truly Asian feel to their restaurant. Although there are chairs and tables (I was kinda hoping to sit cross-legged on the floor), they use a lot of Asian inspired decor and materials. Music is also a mix of soothing Japanese ballads and instrumentals. Haven't heard any J-pop yet.