Things about Japan: Food

In today's article we will have a great compilation of information and curiosities about food. Below you will find curiosities and information related to Japanese food and cuisine.

  • Japan has the largest number of vending machines in the world. These machines are known as hanbaiki;
  • Convenience stores called konbini are found everywhere. There you will find all kinds of food that you never dreamed of finding in Brazil. You can also buy the famous obentos that are Japanese lunchboxes, without the need to make your lunch;
  • Japanese food is not as expensive as most people think. Vegetables and meat have a high price compared to Brazil, but it is very affordable for Japanese wages;
  • It can be said that the Japanese people are the ones who eat the most in the world. It has been proven in several surveys that Japanese cuisine is one of the richest and most diverse in the world;

Food in Japan

  • The main foods in Japan are rice, noodles, fish accompanied by different leaves and roots, greens and vegetables ... and it is normal to season all food with ginger;
  • The traditional Japanese breakfast is called Asa gohan, which means morning rice. It is a complete meal similar to lunch and dinner, with white rice, fish, misoshiro and tsukemono, and you are satisfied with a bread xD
  • Yes, there are expensive fruits and vegetables, which can reach up to 2 thousand reais, but they are artistic fruits, with different and rare formats for collectors, but the price of a normal and very affordable natural food, and if they play they eat a lot more fruits than us, that we waste;
  • There are no beans in Japanese cuisine, there are sweet beans that are only used to make sweets, this means that your mother cannot make excuses that if you don’t eat beans you will get sick, since in Japan it is the country with more centenary elderly people;


  • In Japan there is barbecue, meat is not expensive, there are even restaurants where you have your barbecue, roast the meat. and eat with friends ..;
  • It is normal to find sweets, dumplings, various things derived from rice and rice flour;
  • It is normal to find rice paddies all over the city;
  • Although the Japanese cuisine is very natural, full of things that many do not like vegetables and fish. The Japanese manage to transform these foods and leave them with completely unique flavors that arouses the interest of many who hate it. I don't like fish myself, but I love sushi;

Processed foods

  • It is normal to find processed foods with gifts and packaging for anime and games;
  • Sweets, Japan is rich in sweets and chocolates and with completely different flavors, and it is normal to find chocolates with tea flavors. wasabi, pepper, pumpkin, even bars that are baked in the oven. Not only more savory sweets also have their exotic flavors, not only fish more than several things, and it is common to find Doritos and Cheetos of avocado, and even pepsi flavor;
  • There are several types of food for children to eat while playing, such as powders that become sweets in sushi or bento formats;
  • There are several flavors of industrialized foods such as sweets and snacks, soft drinks and beverages, which have their flavors for a limited time or region;
  • Everything made in Japan is made to be easy and practical, including ways to open packages and boxes of food such as milk;
  • It is normal to find vending machines (hanbaiki) even in the middle of the woods, on highways, mountains, even next to a supermarket, and the interesting thing is that nobody breaks in or steals like in Brazil;
  • KitKat is one of the most famous sweets in Japan, different from Brazil, which only has one flavor… there must be more than 8,000, orange peel, chocolate with pepper, Raspberry, wasabi, beans, tea, etc;

Things about japan: food

Customs and Etiquette

  • Before you eat you say Itadakimasu, an expression used to thank you for the food, and when you finish you can say Gochisousama [deshita];
  • It is normal to serve hot and cold drinks in the hanbaiki, and the Japanese are very fond of coffee, tea and bitter things. You have no idea how bitter green tea there is;
  • Ohashi, chopsticks are often much more practical than any fork or spoon, and even easier. But don't worry, it's not unusual to eat with a fork in Japan;
  • The garbage is totally separated and should not be exposed on the same street in Brazil, because of the crows ... there is a 100% Functional collection system;
  • Starving in Japan is impossible due to thousands of varieties of things to eat. Food from shopping malls, which here is usually expensive for some, is much cheaper there without taking into account the salary earned;
  • In Japan it is customary for students to take their own bento to school;


  • In Japan there is beer for children. Would that be an incentive to drink in the future?
  • It is easy to find sweet foods with a bean flavor. This bean candy is as sweet as the sweet potato candy;
  • Food in Japan is taken seriously, it's like an art, obents are living proof of that. Sometimes they overdo their creations by making people drink even on toy toilets;
  • With regard to recycling, it is not normal to find garbage cans on the streets. When buying something at the vending machines, you must carry the garbage home or find a place;

The art of cooking

  • Onigiri - rice balls filled with chicken, meat or sauce are very famous, mainly as a quick snack;
  • It is easy to find gadgets to help with cooking like apple and banana slicers, packaging openers and more;
  • In Japan it is not common to find French bread. But there are several different breads, mostly stuffed, even bread stuffed with yakisoba;
  • It is normal for them to mix sweet and savory flavors, it is possible to find shrimp snacks with chocolate;

Things about japan: food

  • It is normal to find small empty stands in the middle of nowhere where you can find various vegetables and fruits. In these places the person simply takes the product and deposits the money in a box, and no one usually steals it;
  • There are several festivals in Japan, where it is possible to buy dango, takoyaki, tempura and others;
  • It is very normal to make faces, arts, in food;
  • Unlike in Brazil, they usually separate food in several containers, even the obento usually comes completely separate;

There are thousands of curiosities that you can find in other articles on the site! Thanks!

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