7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Japanese Cuisine

In Japan, food is a serious business. They take their foods seriously, and it shows. You can’t imagine how much thought goes into the preparation, consumption, and appreciation of each Japanese staple. The Japanese are known for their creative and innovative skills in the kitchen, with their dishes drawing patrons from all over the world.

If you love taking food adventures, then Japan’s gastronomy must be on top of your list:

#1 Japanese food comes from fresh seasonal ingredients.

Although the Japanese are known for their aesthetic food presentations, they put more effort into the quality of their preparation. Luckily, their country has many flavorful offerings at every season. They can easily pick, blend, and create a variety of tasty treats. 

Unlike other food culture that uses packaged flavorings, authentic Japanese foods use organic and fresh seasonal ingredients. If you’re a foodie, you can really taste the difference.

#2 Japanese cuisine is one of the three national foods in the world included on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

It’s hard to make the cut to any of the UNESCO lists, so it’s obviously a real honor for Japan to be included in this prestigious global acknowledgment. This goes to show how their cuisine holds true value to their long-held tradition, culture, and style. Other notable food traditions are French food and Mexican cuisine.

#3 Japanese foods are minimally seasoned.

If you’ve noticed, many Japanese foods are prepared and eaten raw. They are minimally seasoned. That’s because they know how to bring the best out of each meat without using a lot of flavored additives. They only use organic ingredients like mushroom, seaweed, soy sauce, and others. Even their stir-fried foods, like tempura, absorb very little oil. 

#4 Simplicity is beauty.

Japanese like simple foods, yet packed with flavorful and healthy ingredients. Even their condiments are simple! They only use light dipping sauces (such as wasabi, pickles, soy sauce, citrus, and miso) to add a tasty contrast to their raw foods. 

#5 They may come in small servings, but they’re heavy to your tummy.

You might have observed that most Japanese dishes are served in small bowls or plates. But surprisingly, these traditional delicacies are small yet terrible. Since most of these servings are packed with proteins, you will likely fill up quickly. You might think you’ve shortsighted your orders, but fret not, you will leave the restaurant with a full stomach.

#6 Tokyo, Japan has the most number of top-rated restaurants in the world.

When it comes to the home of the best restaurants in the world, you might almost instantly think about Paris. Surprisingly, it’s in Tokyo!

There are 14 Michelin three-star restaurants in the capital city of Japan. Tokyo has many top-rated restaurants, outnumbering those from other global cities. So if you’re looking for some goodie-foodie adventure, you know where to go.

#7 Japan’s seafood industry is the biggest worldwide.

With fishes and a variety of seafood making the huge part of the Japanese culinary experience, it is obvious that their seafood industry is the biggest in the market. It has been flourishing for several decades, and it is projected to continue its upscale rise for the coming years.

Tokyo has a massive market complex. It is the world’s largest wholesale trading hub for fresh, frozen, and processed seafood.