Those who visit, or simply have an interest in, Japan will have an understanding of the intricate and complex values that make up the country’s cultural identity. This theme comes through clearly in their relationship with food, and nowhere more so than in “Washoku”. Washoku is a term covering the tradition of food in Japan, but is more than just the ingredients. It covers the historical manner of selecting, cooking, serving and enjoying a range of traditional Japanese dishes. This elaborate style has now been placed on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. UNESCO set this list up to capture and safeguard important elements of societies that might, if we’re not careful, be forgotten. This includes languages, practices and methodologies - ways of doing things.
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