Did you know
Japan is made up of 3,000 islands and two thirds of the land is mountainous. The land has to be terraced for farming and about half is dedicated to rice. Rice and noodles are the staples Japanese diet along with fish.
Japan catches 8% of the fish caught in the world and each resident eats around three pounds of fish per week, often in grilled and raw forms. Letting different flavored dishes touch is frowned upon, so dishes are served in individual plates and the bento box is partitioned.
When eating sushi, flavor with wasabi, then dip the fish in soy sauce not the rice. Eat the sushi in one bite. Refresh your palate with a slice of ginger between bites of different sushi.
What to eat
Noodles! Ramen and udon are wheat based noodles and soba has buckwheat. They are served in several ways: some hot and some cold, some in broths, some drained, and each consisting of a variety of toppings. It is said that the slurping sound made when eating these noodles is supposed to enhance the flavor.
The tradition of deep frying food in oil began with exposure to the West; tempura is typically vegetables dipped in a delicate batter and tonkatsu are breaded pork cutlets. And have some mochi; they are chewy rice cakes and are a fundamental ingredient of many Japanese desserts.