Before my first trip to Japan some friends who’d already visited advised me to take some products from home or to eat at places like McDonalds. They felt that Japanese food was ‘tasteless and strange’. Fortunately I didn’t follow their advice as I wanted to taste authentic Japanese food. I’m glad I followed my intuition because I quite like Japanese cuisine.
As Japan is an island country and surrounded by seas and the ocean, it’s not surprising that sea foods are very popular there and often served fresh and uncooked. The best places to eat the freshest fish and other sea products are the fish markets in port towns such as Aomori, Shimizu, Shiogama. There are many similar such towns all over Japan.
Of course, along with fresh or raw foods, seafood is also grilled or cooked in crispy tempura. Now, while I enjoy all kinds of dishes, there are a few that I simply couldn't make myself try. Maybe next time... Until then, you can try other foods in part two.
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I love Japan very much! I like small towns of Japan where I can watch people doing their business and talk to them carefully. They're always friendly. I like Japanese gardens where I can just sit or walk and take my time. Also I like Shinto Jinja as being there I feel in peace. I like to watch sunsets and then to dine in some small local places. I like to soak into onsen after a long day of wandering. I like Japanese crafts very much as all items are made with great taste and skill. Nihon wo daisuki desuyo! My photos from Japan I also place here: https://gurushots.com/f10384/photos Matane!