Now I was very lucky, because of course the teacher who organized the event called ahead and explained to them that I was a vegetarian. And she spent 15 minutes just explaining to the person what that meant and what I could and couldn't eat. It's things like this that really show you the Japanese spirit and heart. They ended up bringing me about 6 or 7 special dishes just for me! While everyone else had a mix of individual small dishes, and shared plates.
But the thing that is the most impressive to me is the way the food is presented and the thought that goes into creating seasonal dishes. You'll notice that my special plates often will have matching themes and colors.