As a serious “foodie” it is my pleasure and duty to indulge in as many culinary delights as possible. I can be pretty adventurous when it comes to pleasures of the palate; there is nothing I won’t try as long as I am not allergic (sorry, peanuts). One of my current food obsessions is Japanese cuisine.
According to Japan’s history, their dishes were heavily influenced by Chinese and Korean cultures. Teas, chopsticks and a variety of food items were imported from China and rice was imported from Korea. Japan had strong Buddhist beliefs that prohibited meat consumption, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that they had a lack of meat and dairy products. Fish was abundant and a significant substitute to meat.
In modern times, though the Japanese have incorporated meat into their diets, (Kobe beef, yum!) seafood and vegetables remain to be the primary components on a Japanese menu. What I appreciate most about the Japanese is the love they put into a dish: freshness, presentation, and balance of flavor is of paramount importance.
The following photos were taken at various occasions in one of my most beloved authentic Japanese restaurants, “Donburiya.” So, until I take that long journey into Japan, I will settle for the next best thing. 🙂