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Traditional Foods in Japan

Traditional Foods in Japan

In "Traditional Foods in Japan," the recipes, origins, and histories of traditional cuisines and stories of the places they call home have been put together into one resource.
Three prefectures were introduced in 2022 and eleven prefectures in 2023.
Other prefectures will be showcased in the years ahead.

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About Traditional Foods

This website will introduce you to the world of traditional Japanese foods.

With prepared foods as a centerpiece, our primary focus is on foods that have historical or regional importance, or are processed via traditional methods.
For more details on the conditions that deem a food traditional, please refer to "Read More" on the bottom-right.

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The Classification of Traditional Foods

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We have classified the traditional foods into 18 categories and provided detailed explanations for each.

Agricultural products
Seafood products
Livestock products
Others

Traditional Foods

Here are some traditional foods that have been selected from each area. You may look them up via the "Prefecture," "Category," or other filters.

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The Fermented Food Culture of Japan

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When talking about Japan's traditional foods, you can't forget the rich, profound culture of its fermented foods.
The history of fermentation and the role of fermentation in modern Japanese cuisine has been summarized in this article.

About Local Cuisine

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The website, "Our Regional Cuisines - Beloved tastes and flavors we want to pass on to the next generation," brings to you cuisines from all of Japan's 47 prefectures.
Local cuisines that make use of traditional foods are also showcased on this website.

Promotional Video

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