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10 Facts You Did not Know About Japanese Food

Japanese cuisine is as versatile as it could ever be. Right from the curries to the sushi and the healthy teas, everything has its own significance in enhancing the holistic health of the Japanese.

Here are 10 facts about Japanese food:

Guess their breakfast

In Japan it is not uncommon to eat rice in all their meals. Yes, they have rice even for breakfast.

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Slurping is good

In Japan, slurping food serves a dual purpose. If you slurp your food or noodles it is considered a sign of appreciation. It is also donen to cool the food/ noodles for eating.

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Did you know where the Fortune cookie originated

Yes, the fortune cookie originated in Kyoto in the 19th century.

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Japan is home to the world’s most expensive fish

The blue fish tuna is is the most expensive fish on earth and is used in exotic sushi dishes. It costs $ 375,000. Nearly 80% of all bluefin tuna caught worldwide is used for sushi and sashimi.  Sashimi can be made with other meat such as raw beef or cooked octopus and does not use fish all the time.

Table manners play an important role in Japan

Japanese are very particular about their table mannersBeware of leaving your chopsticks straight and upright in your rice bowl. It is considered an omen and is done only for dead people.

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Japanese meals do have vegetables but finding a completely vegetarian meal is hard

Japanese cuisine has a much higher ratio of plant-based foods and includes a lot of vegetables and greens. However, most of their food is cooked with fish broth and bonito flakes which does not make it completely vegetarian. Hence it is hard to come by restaurants that serve vegetarian food in Japan.

Tokyo has some of the world’s best restaurants in the world

Yes, tokyo is home to the world’s best restaurants with the best gourmet experience ever, that surpasses even Paris.

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Tipping is considered rude in Japan

A sushi chef needs 10 years of experience to handle the fish and other things associated with sushi. It is considered rude to tip the apprentice chefs who work in traditional restaurants.These apprentice chefs do othr jobs like making rice, serving meals etc and earn a decent income and consider tipping as an insult.

Japan has the largest Seafood industry

Seafood is a staple diet in Japan and the Tsukiji market in Tokyo is known to be the world’s largest market for fresh, frozen, and processed seafood that sells over 700,000 tonnes of seafood each year.

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Japanese cuisine is one among the top 3 cuisines in the UN known for its cultural significance

After French food, Japanese food is considered to be the best cuisine by the United Nation’s cultural organization as the traditional Japanese cuisine, or washoku, for the principles it involves in preparation and eating of the food which is vital to the survival of the traditional culture and holistic way of living.

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