What is Washoku ( Japanese-style food)
Japanese style cuisine is called Washoku. Chicken, seafood, vegetables, and mushrooms are all traditional ingredients though they can be adjusted when catering to tea ceremony dishes and traditional events as well as when adhering to the Buddhist practice of vegetarianism.
History of washoku
Modern washoku, which is vegetarian based, is said to originate from China in the 1100s. There’s usually soup and three side dishes which became the base of Japanese cuisine in the 1600s.
Kinds of Washoku
Popular menu items for foreign visitors to Japan are sushi, sashimi, tempura, yakitori, miso soup, sukiyaki, and Unagi(eel).
How to eat like local
There are strict manners to follow when eating vegetarian or tea ceremony dishes. Sometimes, one has to sit on Japanese cushions on the floor. Like European dishes, there is also a particular order in consuming tea ceremony dishes.
Many traditional dishes make use of seasoning such as miso or soy sauce. Seasoning may vary from region to region which makes all the dishes taste unique.