I'm now the proud owner of a Zojirushi breadmaker. This is something I've wanted for a number of years now, as it is impossible to buy wholemeal bread to my liking in Japan!
I used to have a breadmaker in England, and found it incredibly useful - it's even more useful here where I can't buy the bread I like! There are many fantastic bakeries in Japan, some chain bakeries (notably Kobeya) and many independent bakeries creating both rustic country breads and breads with unusual fillings or flavours, but nothing quite beats a decent wholemeal roll!
I'll add recipes as and when I experiment...! The recipes included with the manual encourage me to be really quite creative, but have needed adaptation to be suitably wholemeal - the wholemeal recipes they suggest tend to use only about 1/5 wholemeal flour, not really what I have in mind! But although some bread hasn't risen quite enough, every batch I've made has been really delicious!
I'm going to post these recipes on a separate website that I'm setting up, mainly for my own notes, Bread to make your mouth water.