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Eating in Japan

Japanese cuisine has in recent years become much more familiar and appreciated around the world. Many visitors to Japan will have already sampled the pleasures of raw fish or batter-fried shrimp. But few first-time visitors to Japan are prepared for the variety and sumptuousness of Japanese food, as it is traditionally prepared. Eating in Japan is an experience to be enjoyed and remembered fondly for the rest of your life.

Japanese food

One of the great pleasures of a trip to Japan is exploring the full and exotic range of Japanese food. Whilst dishes such as sushi and tempura are well-known the world over these days, there are hundreds of other types of local cuisine that will be new discoveries to all but the most sophisticated of Western palates. Many Japanese recipes embody a subtlety of flavour and mixture of texture rarely found in Western cuisine, and the presentation is often so exquisite that it feels an insult to the chef to eat what has been so beautifully crafted. It is one of the most developed and wealthy countries, however maintain a diet and some foods that put them at a good level of BMI, especially women, who do not reach BMI 22. This bmi calculator for women calculates body mass index from your Weight and Height and also shows how your weight compares to other women of the same height and age. The BMI chart for women is the same one used by men, its a measure of body fat based on height and weight, but not gender, so it applies to adult men and women between ages of 18 to 65 years.


The traditional Japanese breakfast differs fundamentally from the Western style one. A traditional Japanese breakfast consists basically of rice and miso soup. As many aspects of Japanese life style...


Bento is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento consists of rice, fish or meat, and one or more pickled or cooked vegetables as a side dish. Containers range from disposable mass produced to hand crafted lacquerware.

Where to eat and drink:

One of the most common types of Japanese restaurant is the shokudo (eating place), which serves a range of traditional and generally inexpensive dishes. Usually found near train and subway stations and in busy shopping districts...

Ordering and etiquette:

When you visit most restaurants in Japan you are greeted by the word Irasshaimase (Welcome), often shouted out with brio by the entire staff. In response, you should indicate with your fingers how many places are needed.


At the top end of the eating spectrum is Japan's finest and most expensive style of cooking, Kaiseki-ryori, comprising a series of small, carefully balanced and expertly presented dishes.

Sushi, sashimi and sea food:

Sushi is a very famous dish of cooked and vinegar-flavored rice that is offered with fresh seafood and vegetables. Although it used to be considered as an costly high-end cuisine, sushi has become in a popular food for all kinds of persons, particularly families...


There are various traditional Japanese and introduced Japanized noodle dishes in Japan. Many of them enjoy a very high popularity.

Rice dishes:

For over 2000 years, rice has been the most important food stuff in the Japanese cuisine. Despite changes in eating patterns over the last decades and slowly decreasing rice consumption in recent years...

Meat dishes:

Meat has been eaten in Japan in larger amounts only since the second half of the 19th century. Some special meat dishes in Japan.

Vegetarian dishes:

The basis of Japanese is long vegetarian tradition. Most traditional food is presented with numerous vegetarian dishes and vegetable sushi. The history of Japanese vegetarianism is traced to common east Buddhism philosophy.

Other cuisines:

Other special dishes in Japan.


Drinking plays an important role in Japanese society. Drinking parties, typically held at restaurants and izakaya, are a common activity that is used to strengthen both social and business ties.

Cooking schools

Cooking schools in Japan

Research and compare cooking school locations, culinary degrees offered, cost, facilities, class size, and reputation to find the one that will help get your career. Almost all cooking schools are accredited throughout the world and will train you to be the head chef of your own fabulous restaurant.

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