People might wonder–why take the trouble to forage when vegetables can be easily purchased? The answer lies in a deep rooted part of the rural life-style and traditional Japanese cuisine which involves eating seasonal foods.
You'd be surprised about the amount of dishes that sound like they were created in other countries, but were actually invented in Japan. There are many Japanese meals which contain mostly European ingredients and these are some of them.
As summer winds down, sharp-eyed travelers in Japan will notice small orchards full of short, broad topped trees supported by wires and protected with mesh nets. These are pear trees and they produce one of autumn’s tastiest treats, nashi.
Japan is known for its great range of veggies used in its traditional meals.
Here are some hints about shopping for food in Japan so you`re not unpleasantly surprised when you make that next meal for all your friends and family.
While it is known for its vegetable-heavy diet, Japan is a surprisingly difficult place to live for vegetarians and vegans. See a few of our tips below for finding meat-free cuisine in Japan!