Basics of Food and Cuisine in Japan

by ebazaar 16 December 2009 2 Comments

Eating authentic Japanese food and cuisine will always be your true and complete aesthetic experience – the sort that you will never find elsewhere.

It’s exactly the exquisite oriental feeling every time you dine with traditional taste and settings of Japanese foods and cuisines. Japanese food is a real deal of delight for the eyes, the nose and palate. Previously, I’ve posted some articles of the types of Japanese foods like Onigiri and Taiyaki. These foods may seem a little typical but you can expect a much more elegant and beautifully done Onigiri and Taiyaki in a high-class traditional Japanese restaurant, and that’s how the degree of the Japanese appreciation towards food arts. Yes, to the Japanese, arts can be seen in all forms – even in cooking and its preparation.

Not many foods in this world you’d find is specially a tribute to nature and to the man who created and designed the delicate tableware on which the foods were presented. The world may have brand names like Ginori, Flora Danica, and Royal Doutton, however, these art works do not exactly marks on a particular designer of the tableware. For the Japanese, the tableware arts are recognized according to individual names, and that is what it means by ‘a tribute to the man who created and designed the tableware’.

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Kaiseki Ryori Japanese Cuisine

Fundamentals of Japanese Cooking

The secret of preparing Japanese foods and cuisine lies in the understanding of the basic ingredients of Japanese foods and how a meal is composed. Japan is a land surrounded by sea, and it is only common that their meals composed of mostly fish base and other sea water produces. The Japanese have made the bounty of the sea a vital part of their diet since way back through the ancient times. You would probably find and notice that most of their original foods and cuisines made of a variety of fishes, seaweed and shellfish. The most fundamental item of the Japanese cooking called as dashi, have a strong sea fragrant, being made from dried sea kelp and dried bonito flakes.

There is another interesting thing about Japanese cooking. There is actually one Japanese saying that a meal should always include “something from the mountain and something from the sea”, which means a good meal should always be a combination of sea products and a wide range of seasonal and wild vegetables, eaten together with rice. In Japanese foods and cuisines, another important ingredient is soya bean in the form bean curd, soy sauce, miso or fermented soya bean paste which is widely used in their daily dish such as soup and seasoning of meals. The presentation of food is crucial in Japanese foods and cuisines. Proper care is given to food details, colors, forms and balance. The food provides a showcase for the Japanese arts of porcelain, ceramics, basket ware, lacquer and bamboo.

Keep in shape with Japanese diet

Going through all the details, it is plain to see how the Japanese are able to maintain slim and slender figure. The secret has been in their diet since a very very long time ago. They get a lot of protein from fish and soya bean, and sufficient carbohydrate to provide them with just enough calories by eating rice. Plus, the Japanese are known to be very active in pursuing their daily lives too. Walking, getting on the train, cycling are much more common daily activities than driving a car. So you can actually practice the Japanese way of losing weight and keep fit and slim, by combining together the Japanese diet and active lifestyle.




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  1. thinsmek
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    Hey. great blog!

    I remember when I was in Japan, I hardly saw anybody who was overweight. This is very different to here in New Zealand where I live, as most men and woman are slightly overweight.

    I agree that the thiness of the Japanese people must be to do with their diet and lifestyle.

    I really enjoyed reading your blog, thank you.

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    admin Reply:

    Yup. You’ll probably will have a hard time looking for yer clothes’ sizes as well… shopping has been, for most foreigners who came to Japan – quite a struggle….

    So maybe we can just stick to healthy Japanese dining, a summer yukata and those tinny cute gifts you can get in Japan as souvenirs for those back home! :)

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