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Sushi has become known around the world not only as a word, but also as a representative of Japanese cuisine. The origin of sushi goes back a long way. It is said to have already existed in the Nara period (710-794). During the Meiji years (1868-1912) it started spreading around the world. It was not until the health benefits of sushi became known and Hollywood stars started eating sushi that even westerners, who would normally refuse to eat raw fish, started to like sushi.
Okonomiyaki is a casual dish that is especially popular in Osaka. It is made by mixing flour and water, then adding eggs, chopped cabbage, and seafood or pork, and then baking it on a hot steel plate. When it is finished, you put sauce, bonito flakes and dried seaweed on it before eating. Most okonomiyaki in Japan are made in this Osaka style, but in the Hiroshima region, the okonomiyaki dough is spread thinly on the plate with plenty of vegetables and soba noodles atop it.
One of the Japanese peoples' favorites - yakiniku. When people want to eat yakiniku, they usually go to a specialized restaurant. Although it uses the same meat, "yakiniku" - ususally prepared on an open fire - is completely different from a barbecue where you grill outside, the steak you eat in a steak house, or the food you prepare on a steel plate at home.
Many izakayas, or Japanese taverns, open for business in the evening. There you can enjoy simple dishes and different kinds of alcoholic beverages. Because their prices are relatively low, female office workers and businessmen often stop by after work to socialize while having a meal and drinks.
Dining bars offer many types of alcoholic drinks, but also serve good food. It is rather difficult to pinpoint the difference between a dining bar and an izakaya, but izakayas are more Japanese-style, whereas dining bars are more Western-style.
Although curry has its origins in India and Thailand, it is not an overstatement to say that it is the Japanese "curry rice" that Japanese people love the most. The history of Japanese curry is relatively short. It is said that it was introduced by the British during the Meiji Period (1868-1912).
Ramen is one of the favorite dishes of Japan. Now, we would like to introduce you to these so-called Chinese noodles that are made with flour. Udon and soba noodles are also noodle dishes, but they belong to the genre of "Japanese food." Ramen can have a variety of tastes depending on its soup base.
When people in Japan say "let's eat nabe", they are referring to a nabe dish. When cooking nabe, a portable cooking stove, a hot plate, or another kind of heat source are put on the table, and a big pot, a "nabe," is placed on it. When the meat, seafood, vegetables that are boiled in it are ready, you serve them into your bowl and eat them.
In December 2013, Japanese cuisine, or "washoku," was designated as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity It is the fifth cuisine to be put on the list, after French, Mediterranean, Mexican, and Turkish cuisine. When applying for registration, the Japanese government gave four characteristics of washoku:
Traditional Japanese cuisine can have different names depending on the formalities. "Shojin-ryori" is a vegetarian cuisine that was served to entertain guests, at Zen temples. Since Buddhist clergy were not allowed to eat meat or fish, the dishes of this cuisine are cooked without any.
Yakitori is chicken cut into bite-sized pieces and grilled on skewers. You can have yakitori in izakayas and yakitori restaurants. The chicken is seasoned with salt and a salty-sweet sauce made with sugar and soy sauce. Since it is grilled on an open flame without using a pot or a pan, the aromatic smell alone is delicious.
No matter if it is a ristorante (fancy restaurant), a trattoria (diner), or a pizzeria (pizza place), in Japan, Italian restaurants are all referred to as "Italian." In the same way, no matter if it is a fine restaurant or a bistro (diner), food establishments that serve French cuisine are all referred to as "French."
In Japan, restaurants serving one of the great cuisines of the world, Chinese cuisine, range from casual to fancy. The occasions when you go to such restaurants also range from casual dinners to anniversaries, business entertainments, meetings, and more.
In a wider sense, "yoshoku" refers to the cuisine of Western countries in Europe and the United States. In Japan, however, the Western dishes served at "yoshokuya" - restaurants serving Western cuisine - are arranged in a Japanese style and have been so adapted to the Japanese taste that it hardly can be called Western cuisine anymore.
There are places where you can enjoy the cuisine of Western countries other than France and Italy. First, we have Spanish cuisine. One of the most popular Spanish dishes in Japan is paella. The seasoned rice cooked with a lot of seafood fits the Japanese taste perfectly.
Ethnic cuisine in Japan in general refers to the cuisine of Asian countries other than China and Japan, South American, and African cuisine. Chinese food is its own genre, and therefore almost never included in Asian ethnic cuisine.
There are restaurants of many genres that serve organic food or creative cuisine. When Japanese people say "organic," they mean food made from organically grown crops that did not come into contact with chemical fertilizers or pesticides. This also includes eggs and meat from organic farms.
In Japan, a cafe is the place to go whenever you want to have some sweets, such as a parfait or a cake, with coffee or another beverage, or enjoy a light meal such as a plate of pasta or a sandwich. Some places open early in the morning, allowing you can have breakfast, lunch, a light dinner, or just a coffee break.
Japanese people always find a reason to throw a party or hold a banquet. A "banquet" is basically is the same as a "party" with the difference that a banquet is held in a tatami room where you sit on the floor, whereas at a party, you sit on chairs or eat standing up. Most banquets in Japan take place in December.
Fami resu is short for "famiri resutoran" or "family restaurant," and refers to large restaurants where you can go with the whole family. Many of them can be found all across Japan, and there are at least 10 or 20 chain family restaurants that everyone knows by name.
In Japan people like to enjoy beer, wine, whiskey, and other drinks from all around the world, but of course they also like to have Japanese sake and shochu. Most places sell the same types of alcoholic beverages, depending on what kind of establishment they are.