These days, the Japanese cuisine is already able to conquer the world of gastronome. In fact, some countries, including the US, have become a nation that loves sushi and sashimi. However, just being a “faithful consumer” of this wonderful culinary is not enough. It is best that we understand the Japanese Aestheticism by learning their principles; principles that have created the best dishes the world have come to love.
First Principle: Relationship to Nature
Even though chefs from all over the world proclaim their works as “natural”, they can never come close to how the Japanese maintains their way of preparing dishes in the true, “natural” way. Now that industrialization is the top advancement in the society, the words “traditional”, “conventional”, and “natural” are not very much persuaded. The greatest Japanese dish that may best describe and explain this argument is the aesthetic of sushi. It is significant for the Japanese to be able to appreciate the essence of making sushi, which is naturally.
Second Principle: The Sea
The Japanese people primarily base their dishes from nature and anything that surrounds them. And, being a country at the coast, the remarkable beauty of the sea has given the Japanese a great deal of influence in their art of cooking. Japan is well-known in terms of naturally preparing dishes from foods that come from the sea. These dishes include ankimo, dorome, and sashimi, among others.
Third Principle: Texture
Japanese diners are on constant adventures and misadventures for discovering texture. Any kind of texture; to a degree that is very much unknown and eccentric for the West. Japanese people prefer that the texture should suggest “the sea”.
Fourth Principle: “Small is Beautiful”
Agriculture was usually small in Japan; and when it comes to fishery, Japanese fishermen usually do not have a great harvest back then. This is why the Japanese people learned how to value each piece that appears on the platter. This appreciation became the basis of their table manners.
Overall, the Japanese cuisine is exquisite, unique, but truly delectable and enticing. No wonder in almost every corner of the globe, one can find a maki, ramen, or sushi house. So, as the Japanese would say it, ‘Itadakimasu’; meaning, let us eat!