Sushi is perhaps the most famous Japanese food in the world.
In Japanese cuisine, sushi indicates dishes that use sushi rice , which is seasoned with a sweet vinegar mixture.
The most well-known sushi is the oval shaped sushi, called nigiri-zushi.
Nigiri-zushi is commonly served in a sushi bar.
Sushi chefs in Japan go through extensive training to learn to make nigiri-zushi.
Ramen is a noodle soup that was originally imported to Japan from China in the Meiji Period .
In more recent decades, it has become a very popular dish in Japan, adapted to the Japanese taste.
Ramen restaurants (ramen ya) number in the thousands, and instant ramen (invented in 1958) is popular both in and outside of Japan.
Ramen noodles are about as thin as spaghetti and are served in a soup that varies based on region, city and even specific vendor.
Ramen's popularity stems in part from the fact that it is so inexpensive and widely available, making it an ideal option for budget travelers.
Tea (ocha) is one of the most common beverages in Japan and is an important part of Japanese food culture
It is also the central element of the tea ceremony . The following is a list of some of the most popular kinds of tea in Japan
Gyokuro, Sencha, Bancha : These common Japanese green teas are made of dried tea leaves. The quality is listed in descending order.
Houjicha : Another common tea, Houjicha is brown and made from roasted tea leaves.
Matcha : Matcha is a bitter green tea made out of tea leaf powder. It is the tea used in the tea ceremony .
A traditional Japanese breakfast consists of steamed rice, miso soup, and various side dishes.
Common side dishes are broiled/grilled fish, tamagoyaki (rolled omelet), onsen tamago, tsukemono pickles, seasoned nori (dried seaweed), natto, and so on.
Miso Soup Common ingrediednts are tofu, chopped green onion, wakame seaweed, aburaage (deep-fried tofu), and lots more.
Natto (fermented soy beans) When eating natto, first place it in a bowl. Season with some soy sauce and karashi mustard and stir well. Place the natto on top of steamed rice and eat with rice.
Tamagoyaki (rolled omelet) You can put a little bit of soy sauce to eat. Grated daikon radish is often served on the side.
Although rice consumption in Japanese households is declining, rice is a staple of the Japanese diet.
Torizosui is Japanese rice soup. Usually, leftover steamed rice is simmered in dashi soup. Torizosui is a zosui with chicken.
Dinner is the main meal in a day
You'll find that not only sushi or tempura are popular in Japan, but also Italian, Chinese, Korean, French, and American dishes.
Besides rice, seafood is highly consumed in Japan since the country is surrounded by oceans.
Seaweed, fish, clams, fish cakes are essential ingredients in Japanese cooking
Japanese Table Etiquette
In Japan, some restaurants and private homes have low tables and cushions on the floor, rather than Western style chairs and tables.
In Japan, you say "itadakimasu" ("I gratefully receive") before eating, and "gochisosama (deshita)" ("Thank you for the meal") after finishing the meal.
The proper usage of chopsticks is the most fundamental element of Japanese table manners.
It is not uncommon in private households and in certain restaurants (e.g. izakaya) to share several dishes of food at the table rather than serving each person an individual dish.
When eating from shared dishes, move some food from the shared plates onto your own with the opposite end of your chopsticks or with serving chopsticks that may be provided for that purpose.
Japanese Table Rules
Blowing your nose in public, and especially at the table, is considered bad manners.
It is considered good manners to empty your dishes to the last grain of rice.
Talking about toilet related and similarly unappetizing topics during or before a meal is not appreciated by most people.
Unlike in some other parts of East Asia, it is considered bad manner to burp
After eating, try to move all your dishes back to the same position they were at the start of the meal. This includes replacing the lids on dishes and putting your chopsticks on the chopstick holder or back into their paper slip.
I enjoyed learning about Japan.
I think it would be great to visit Japan.
I would really like to try some Japanese food.
Japan is a place with many interesting customs and practices.