Thursday, 5th December 2013
In General Japan News,
Washoku added to Intangible Heritage List
Traditional Japanese cuisine methods have been added to UNESCO's Intangible Heritage List, following two days of intense deliberation by UNESCO as reported in an earlier article by Inside Japan.
The move comes as "washoku", or traditional Japanese cookery, enjoys a renewed popularity throughout the country, with many families claiming they cook it more than ever thanks to the perceived health benefits.
"We would like to continue passing on Japanese food culture to the generations to come … and would also like to work harder to let people overseas appreciate the benefits of washoku," commented Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe.
It is also hoped that the news will help to ease safety concerns over food grown in the Fukushima provinces, which has been subject to much scrutiny following the nuclear meltdown that occurred at a nuclear power plant in the prefecture.
Other food cultures recognised by UNESCO include French cuisine, traditional Mexican dishes and the Mediterranean diet of nations such as Spain and Italy.
Written by Graham McPherson
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