Japanese cuisine wins cultural heritage status

Dec 5, 2013

Japanese cuisine wins cultural heritage status

“Washoku” traditional Japanese cuisine has been added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list, raising the government’s hopes of enhancing its global recognition, attracting more foreign tourists and boosting exports of the country’s agricultural products. The government’s proposal was formally approved Wednesday at a meeting ...

Opening the kitchen to foreign chefs

Dec 3, 2013

Opening the kitchen to foreign chefs

by Tomohiro Osaki

As a foreigner aspiring to become a “washoku” (Japanese food) chef, South Korean student Seo Dong-young faces a dilemma. The 23-year-old student at a Tokyo culinary school wants to stay here and work after graduation, but unfortunately that isn’t an option. Legally speaking, he ...

Nov 2, 2013

Washoku as a cultural heritage

Coming this December, traditional Japanese cuisine, "washoku," is likely to be designated an Intangible Cultural Heritage if the voting by UNESCO goes as expected.