However, for all itís popularity Japanese food is still a bit of a mystery in the west. For sure everyone knows sushi but even this most well known of Japanese foods is somewhat misunderstood. For starters, an almost universal misconception is that sushi is raw fish. In actual fact the term sushi refers to the lightly vinegared rice upon which (amongst other things) raw fish is placed either on top of (nigiri zushi) or rolled inside of (maiki zushi). Slices of raw fish served on their own with soy sauce and wasabi (the spicy green mustard which catches so many people by surprise!) is known as sashimi.
Aside from sushi and sashimi though, Japanese cuisine offers all manner of delights from kaiseiki with its extremely refined dishes and immaculate presentation, to okonomiyaki, a kind of pancake where you just throw it all in and cook on a hot plate.
To help you get a little bit extra out of your adventures in the world of Japanese food, we have designed a number of food related experiences for you to enjoy. So whether you are looking to get hands on and try a spot of cooking yourself, or just want those eating out experiences you might otherwise miss, we are sure that one of our Japanese food experiences will be a fantastic addition to your trip.
Japanese restaurants continue to grow in popularity around the World with Japanese food renowned for being healthy and nutrituous and using only the freshest ingredients. The meals the Japanese eat at home certainly live up to all these standards but the style of food is a little different and on this experience you will learn all about home cooking.
You will visit a typical Japanese home and enjoy the company of a Japanese family whilst learning all about home cooking in Japan. On this fascinating programme you will first go shopping at a local supermarket where fresh, local ingredients for lunch will be bought. Your host will then teach you how to prepare a traditional Japanese meal. After lunch you can chat over Japanese green tea.
This is a fabulous chance to learn more about both home cooking in Japan and how Japanese families live.
As a rule the home cooking experience is available all year round. However, as this takes place at somebody's home holiday periods such as New Year and Obon (mid August) may not be available.
The home cooking experience is available in Kyoto and can be included as part of any itinerary that visits the city.
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