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WASHOKU, Traditional Dietary Cultures

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WASHOKU, Traditional Dietary Cultures

“Washoku” is originally a word that combines “wa”, meaning Japan with “shoku” , meaning eating or foods. “Washoku” refers not only the Japanese cuisine but also to the dietary cultures of the Japanese people.

In December 2013, “Washoku, traditional dietary cultures of the Japanese, notably for the celebration of New Year” was added to UNESCO’s roster of intangible cultural heritages. So nowadays, “washoku” attracts more and more attention globally.

Here are some concise examples of Japanese dietary cultures. Click the icon to read about the culture of your interest.

Respect to the nature

 Respect for nature

Uniting family and region

Uniting family and region

Wish for health and longevity

Wish for health and longevity

Diversity of WASHOKU

Diversity of WASHOKU

One soup and three dishes

One soup and three dishes



Chopsticks and bowls

Chopsticks and bowls

Japanese Sake

Japanese Sake


Washoku guidebook

Washoku guidebook(PDF:3,629KB)New




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