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    Japanese food has a long and storied history, dating back to the Jomon period (-14000 - -400 BCE). It has a regional and local diversity, influenced by foreign innovations and consumption patterns. It is characterized by a dietary style of “one soup, three sides,” with rice and dishes served in separate bowls and plates. It is a cuisine that is constantly evolving and enjoyed all over the world.

    Japanese cuisine is known for its emphasis on fresh, seasonal ingredients and its presentation. The traditional cuisine of Japan, known as washoku, is based on rice with miso soup and other dishes. Side dishes often consist of fish, pickled vegetables, and vegetables cooked in broth. Seafood is common and is often grilled or served raw as sashimi or in sushi. Seafood and vegetables are also deep-fried in a light batter to make tempura.

    Japanese cuisine follows the “rules of five,” which emphasize variety and balance. This is achieved through the use of five colors (black, white, red, yellow, and green), five cooking techniques (raw food, grilling, steaming, boiling, and frying), and five flavors (sweet, spicy, salty, sour, and bitter). These principles can be found even in a single meal of one soup and three sides paired with rice.

    In addition to traditional dishes like sushi and tempura, Japanese cuisine has also been influenced by other cultures. Dishes like ramen and gyoza have Chinese origins but have been adapted to Japanese tastes. Western dishes like spaghetti and curry have also been incorporated into Japanese cuisine.

    In recent years, Japanese cuisine has continued to evolve and incorporate new ingredients and cooking techniques. Western dishes like spaghetti and curry have been adapted to Japanese tastes, while traditional dishes like sushi and ramen have become popular around the world.

    In the modern era, Japanese cuisine has also opened up to influence from Western cuisines. Dishes inspired by foreign food, like ramen and gyoza, as well as foods like spaghetti, curry and hamburgers, have been adapted to Japanese tastes and ingredients. Some regional dishes have also become familiar throughout Japan.

    Japanese food has become popular around the world for its delicious flavors and beautiful presentation. In 2013, washoku was added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list in recognition of its cultural significance.

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