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    • October 5, 2020
    • October 3, 2022

    Japanese Cultural Exploration: What Is Japanese Food Culture?

    Respect for nature, the core spirit of Japanese food UNESCO listed washoku (Japanese traditional cuisine) as an Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2013. I think many Japanese people seem to misunderstand the key point of the event. They may be bragging and saying “Sushi gets popular throughout the world!” but UNESCO is not the Michelin Guide. That’s totally different. Washoku was registered because “it is associated with an essential spirit of respect for nature that is closely related to the sustainable use of natural resources.” I think this comment of UNESCO well expresses the Japanese culture as well. Itadakimasu, showing respect for nature and natural resources We Japanese say “Itadakimasu” before meal with our hands clasped as shown in the above image. The word is often translated as “Let’s eat,” but the true meaning is completely different. That means I’m sorry for taking your life and appreciate your sacrifice. The core […]