In the first episode of Japan’s latest contribution to original Netflix programming, “Samurai Gourmet,” Takeshi Kasumi enters a small teishoku (set meal) joint and grapples over whether to have a beer with lunch. Inspired by an imaginary samurai, he gets one. That’s it.

For viewers in Japan, the 20-minute show is filled with the hallmarks of domestic food programming. What viewers outside of Japan may not realize is this type of televised fare is as Japanese as anime or sushi. Sure, many countries have food shows, but Japan has set the bar particularly high. They don’t just teach you how to cook, they teach you how to savor. The cooking shots are in slow motion and close up, there’s a soft focus on the preparation, and the act of eating is climactic.

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