Japan is one of the countries I personally love to experience and wish to work in. It is clean, the people are courteous, and the food is absolutely delicious. No wonder why out of more than 190 countries in the world, Japan made it to the top 10 in terms of places with the best food. However, as popular as Japanese cuisine may sound, there are still many things about it that we do not know. Hence, here are 12 of the many facts about food in the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’.

1. In Japan, rice is always present in every meal.

2. Horse and whale meat are popular and widely available.

Germany Horse Meat

Whale Meat

3. The fortune cookie originated in Kyoto during the 19th.

4. The world’s most expensive tuna was sold in Japan and costs $735, 000.

Most Expensive Tuna

5. Just like a samurai, the blade of a knife owned by a professional sushi chef must be sharpened every day.

6. Nearly 80% of all bluefin tuna caught worldwide is used for sushi and sashimi. However, do you know that sashimi is not always fish? This dish can also be made from raw beef or lightly cooked octopus.

7. The word ‘sushi’ actually refers to vinegar rice, not fish. The word ‘sashimi’, on the other hand, means pierced flesh.

Sushi and Sashimi

8. Standing chopsticks upright in rice is done only for a dead person. To do so while having a meal is considered a severe violation of Japanese’s eating manners.

9. It is good manners to pour drinks for others and have them pour yours for you.

Pouring for Other's Drink

10. Ramen, a popular noodle in Japan, is actually a Chinese noodle.


11. Natto, which are soy beans preserved in yeast, are believed to be healthy and nutritious. The only drawback is that they smell like the human feet.

12. Unlike other countries where a loaf of bread contains several slices, the typical Japanese loaf of bread only has six.

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