What People Eat in Japan

Sashimi: raw fish finely sliced and served with a small bowl for dipping into soy sauce and wasabi (see sushi below)

Sushi: raw fish served a top firmly molded vinegared rice. Watch out for the green wasabi, a horseradish paste which should be mixed with soy sauce and packs a powerful, peppery punch. Pickled ginger acts as a palate cleanser.

Tonkatsu: breaded and deep fried pork served with a soy-based sauce on top of or with rice. Served as a part of dinner or for lunch.

Yakitori: skewered and grilled chicken, vegetables or other foods. Often served as snacks.

Togarashi: “Seven pepper spice, “a table condiment with pepper and chiles (also shichimi-togarashi)

Shiso: an herb resembling a cross between mint and basil; frequently used as garnish

Misoshiru: Miso (a type of soy bean paste) soup with tofu. Served at most meals.

O-cha: green tea, served at the end of the meal.

Udon: soft, fat noodles

Somen: thin vermicelli-style noodles, used mainly for soups

Soba: buckwheat noodles

Sukiyaki: thin beef slices cooked with vegetables, noodles and tofu in sauce

Tempura: seafoods and vegetables battered and deep fried to form a light airy crust; served with a dipping sauce

Cha: tea (green tea)

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