The major religion of Japan is Buddhism and it has a large influence on their cuisine. Buddhist practices made the Japanese shun having meat in their food at one time. Because of this, sushi is very popular in Japan. Sushi is fish with rice. Something else that has influence Japanese recipes is the division of foods into categories of color and taste. Some examples of the food categories by taste are sweet, salty, and sour, delicate and bitter. When they are categorized by color, they are black-purple, red, green, white and yellow.
The Japanese have begun to use meat in their meals again, beginning in 1868. The Japanese have also incorporated Western food, like ice cream and coffee into their foods that they eat. They have also been influenced by different appliances, soups, and mixes from the United States.
Rice is a huge food staple in many Asian cultures and Japan is no different. They eat rice in practically every meal. Sometimes they steam the rise, and other times they might boil it. Ramen noodles, which are common in the instant form in the United States, are also eaten by the Japanese. Japanese recipes also contain parts of bamboo, seaweed, and ginger. The Japanese also eat special pickles with are called tsukemono. It is common for them to eat these pickles very often during the day.
Because Japan is an island surrounded by water, the Japanese also incorporate a lot of seafood in their diets, such as sashimi, which is seafood drenched in soy sauce. Another common Japanese custom is to use ingredients in their food that have not been frozen. Hence, they tend to eat vegetables and grains that are in season, which they can eat right away. The Japanese are also very well known for making food look pleasing to the eye.
The Japanese are also well known for making cuisine in which they mix together a bunch of different ingredients in a single dish. One example of this is sukiyaki, which contains beef, tofu, and a variety of vegetables. They also eat beef which they mix with vegetables into a broth. This makes a dish that the Japanese call shabu-shabu.