What is Washoku?
Washoku is traditional Japanese food that is known for being healthy, balanced, and delicious.
In Kanji characters Washoku = 和食.
The first character 和 “wa” indicates Japan and represents harmony. The second character 食 “shoku” represents food or to eat.
“Washoku is simultaneously both simple yet complicated, plain yet sophisticated” (tsukiji-cooking).
As the name implies, Washoku is a blend of a variety of ingredients that is harmonious to the palette.
Japan has very distinct seasons that play an important role in Washoku.
The peak season of an ingredient is called 旬 “shun” and the shun of key foods are highly anticipated each year. The importance of
The importance of shun extends from the sea to the soil of Japan. Seasonal fruits, vegetables, and fish are deeply valued. The natural resources and bounty provide rich flavors that are extremely prized aspects of the Washoku culture.
Natural resources and bounty provide rich flavors that are extremely prized aspects of the Washoku culture.