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Japanese Food

Let’s talk about something everyone can agree on.  Food is good.  In Japan it may seem that the only thing there is to eat is sushi and rice.  Contrary to popular belief, this is not necessarily true.  I am in love with sushi and although I would be happy to eat it on a regular basis, it would drive me crazy if it were the only dish available.  Japan, believe it or not, has more of a variety available than in most areas (and within a closer vicinity).  Just about anywhere you go in Japan you can find sushi, Indian, American, Korean, Chinese, meat on a stick (yakitori), endless varieties of noodles, and much much more.  I’ve probably had more French and Italian styled meals while in Japan than I have actually had Japanese-styled meals.

Anyway, simply putting the pictures together for this made me hungry.  Hopefully you aren’t too hungry yourself, if so then I’m sorry (or you’re welcome?).

Let’s kick things off with a common starter dish.  Salads.  Have you ever had a salad with raw fish in it?  With the proper dressing it is possibly one of my favorite dishes.

Others can be quite colorful, but not nearly as easy on your taste buds.

Next, typically known as Japanese food, ramen noodles and sushi seem to be the standard.  Ramen is relatively cheap.  Depending on the shop it can cost between $5-10.  Sushi is also inexpensive for the most part with some exceptions when going to a nicer restaurant.

Another popular food in Japan is called, “Yakitori” or grilled bird.  However, it is not always exclusively bird meat that is offered in these restaurants.  There is also beef and pork that can be coupled with a number of sauces, spices, or even vegetables.  Each meat is cut into bite sized pieces and grilled on a wooden stick.  I’ve eaten heart, liver, stomach, intestines, tongue, skin, amongst other things while at yakitori.

Sandwiches and pizzas are quite popular among most restaurants.  If you are worried about what to eat while visiting or living in Japan then there is no need to worry.  Your choices are plentiful.

Restaurants with a wide range of food typically include a few slices of raw fish into a main course.  If you are not a big fan of fish then you can just as easily ignore it with how nicely separated the meals tend to be.  In addition to the fish tends to be a large amount of meat, so again choose whatever suits you.

Below is an example of other food you may encounter.  It is egg covering rice and some vegetable covered in sauce and green onions.  A fantastic meal in my opinion.  After that a chicken with meat broiling at your very table.

Saving the best for last, desserts.  Japan has seemed to master desserts by adopting all sorts of western dessert styles and combining it with their own rendition.  They usually include sweets, but they may also have fruits.  Most commonly they combine the two.  It makes it pretty hard to go wrong with a combination like that.

Eat up!

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About travelnihon

I recently graduated from the University and am currently teaching English to all ages in Japan

Discussion

12 thoughts on “Japanese Food

  1. Very cool!!

    Posted by Shay M | April 24, 2012, 2:41 am
  2. made me hungry 😦

    Posted by yuukiぽん | April 24, 2012, 2:42 am
  3. Definitely mouth-watering. An eye-opener! I always thought that most of the foods in Japan are sushi! Haha

    Posted by Tania | April 24, 2012, 8:30 am
  4. I will have the chicken and desserts. Made me hungry. Aunt Karen

    Posted by Karen Fitzpatrick | April 24, 2012, 11:35 am
  5. watching desserts made me hungry i can have them all day 😀

    Posted by itssrijana | April 24, 2012, 12:00 pm
  6. Nice pictures! I’d say that although there is a lot of variation in Japanese food, most foreign foods you’ll find are Japanized. Even down in Okinawa, things are never quite the same and while that might be true anywhere, it sometimes seems like Japan is the origin of fusion. There’s good and bad to that of course =D

    Posted by MoreThingsJapanese | April 24, 2012, 12:16 pm
  7. Everything about this makes me want to go to Japan!

    Posted by JuliaSwanson | November 20, 2012, 7:02 pm

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