An Outsider’s Perspective on Japanese Cuisine
I love this article. It could be titled something like “Cultural Foodie Things That Puzzles Foreigners Visiting Japan for the First Time.”
(And speaking of Japanese cuisine, check out our full guide introducing over 80 different dishes to enjoy when in Japan)
It’s a fun read where the author experiences dining in Japan and discovers some interesting peculiarities — such as eating soup with chopsticks (and yea, that is a little weird come to think of it).
It’s been a long time since I began eating soup with chopsticks it’s second nature to me now — and feels weird when a restaurant offers me a spoon — probably because I am American and think my culinary needs are different. 🙂
It makes sense, Western culinary culture is much different than Asian traditions. It is so interesting hearing others’ experiences on this too.
Are We Talking About the Same Thing? – “But somehow leaving my worries about my rather thin wallet behind, I ventured into the unknown world of local cuisine. Since that day I have been learning about dishes, food-related customs, and names of ingredients I would have never even guessed existed. It is a never-ending gastronomical journey. Here I will introduce 5 of the first few things that puzzled me in this country.” (Taiken)
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