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International Cuisine Project
Transcript of International Cuisine Project
Rice-growing seems to have come first to the northern part of the island of Kyushu in western Japan. Japan's mild and humid climate is ideal for growing rice.
Japans location in the pacific ocean makes it the perfect place for
fishing, making Japan a popular fishing industry and making fish
a very popular food in Japan.
The amount of land in Japan suitable for agriculture is insufficient to produce enough food for Japan's large population. As a result, Japan imports most of its food from other countries. In order to pay for these imports, Japan must export a variety of manufactured goods to other countries. The Major Japanese exports that allow for them to buy food include electronic equipment and cars.
Rice and noodles are the two primary staples of the Japanese diet. Rice, either boiled or steamed, is served at every meal. The noodles come in many varieties. The most popular ones are soba, thin brown noodles made from buckwheat flour. Udon, thick white noodles made from wheat flour. And ramen, thin, curly noodles, also made from wheat flour . Soy sauce and other soybean products are also staples in Japan. These include miso (fermented soybean paste) and tofu (a soybean curd)
When it comes to culinary art Women’s hands are considered too warm to handle raw fish or sushi rice. The belief is that their perfume, makeup and lotions interfere with the food. Hormonal fluctuations wreak havoc on delicate Japanese food. Men usually are the Chef's of a restaurant, while the women serve the food. However, these gender roles are starting to change in Japan, allowing for more women to be chefs.
In a Japanese household, women are responsible for preparing meals while the man's job is to bring home an income.
Religion does not necessarily control the food intake of the Japanese, but Buddhist and Shinto believers will not eat meat or any product from an animal. No butter, milk, eggs, fish or other foods produced by an animal.
They subsist mainly on soya products, vegetarian by products , good vegetarian food with a good nutritional base, they spiritually are able to live on the foods available for them.
The History of rice
Rice became the staple, or main food, of the Japanese diet, with meat, fish, vegetables, and nuts serving as supplements. Since rice can be kept in storage, village leaders and other powerful people started building up large stores of rice, which led to a gap between rich and poor. In the 1570s in western Japan, rice was used instead of coins to settle large transactions like real estate. Rice was also used to pay taxes in Japan for many centuries, until a little over a hundred years ago.
Meal planning takes its cues from nature in Japan, and incorporates fresh seasonal ingredients. One begins with the staple food. Following this is the main dish, which usually contains a substantial amount of protein such as meat, fish or tofu .Each of these would be accompanied by vegetables or some kind of potato. Next are the two side dishes, for which one chooses vegetables not included in the main dish, prepared using a different method. The ingredients and flavoring should complement all three dishes.
The traditional food of Japan is based on rice with miso soup and other dishes, with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients. The side dishes often consist of fish, pickled vegetables, and vegetables cooked in broth. Fish is very common in the traditional cuisine. It is often grilled, but it may also be served raw as sashimi or in sushi. Seafood and vegetables are also deep-fried in a light batter as tempura.
Climate & Location
Some of the food superstitions are that dreaming of aubergines in your first dream of the new year is considered good luck! Because people believe it’s actually because the word for aubergine in Japanese, nasu, sounds the same as the word for achieving something.
And another one is do not let your daughter-in-law eat autumn aubergines! Folk wisdom has it that eating aubergines will make women’s bodies colder and thus make it harder for them to have a baby.
By: Arielle and Dasha