Business | DAVOS SPECIAL 2017

A taste of high-quality Japanese food and drink

Staff Report

Davos participants again this year will have a chance to taste and experience the finest the world of Japanese gastronomy has to offer at the Central Sporthotel Davos on Jan. 18.

One of the most-popular events during the World Economic Forum meeting, Japan Night will be hosted by The Japan Night Organization Committee, which is comprised of representatives of about 25 major firms from the private sector in Japan. The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Associations will support this year’s event.

“Japan Night aims to foster an understanding of Japanese food culture among the political and business leaders of the world through authentic washoku (traditional Japanese cuisine) and Japanese alcoholic drinks,” said the organizing committee.

The annual reception is likely to be packed to capacity with more than 500 guests, including government leaders, business executives and academic experts from around the globe.

During the two-hour reception from 7 p.m., the guests will be served a variety of exquisite Japanese dishes, including nigiri-zushi (hand-rolled sushi), shabu-shabu hotpot featuring wagyu and wagashi (traditional Japanese confectioneries). The organizers set out to offer “genuine washoku” at Japan Night, using premium foodstuffs such as rice, wagyu, buri Japanese amberjack and hotate Japanese scallops.

In 2013, washoku was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list, in recognition of Japanese cuisine as “a social practice based on a set of skills, knowledge, practice and traditions related to the production, processing, preparation and consumption of food.” UNESCO noted that it is “associated with an essential spirit of respect for nature that is closely related to the sustainable use of natural resources.”

A wide variety of Japanese beverages will also be available to the guests, including nihonshu (sake), Japanese whisky and wine.

Furthermore, demonstrations are sure to delight the guests. One of them is the “Nigiri-zushi Live Performance,” which features skilled chefs preparing fresh hand-rolled sushi in front of the guests gathered at a counter.

“We want the guests to taste fresh sushi and at the same time see the superb techniques through deft handling, as well as the beauty of the skill,” the organizers said.

Another must-see act is a performance featuring Japanese kitchen knives. A chef will perform kazarigiri, showcasing his skillful handling of knives to cut vegetables into various shapes for decoration. These decorative vegetables are exhibited at the site so that guests can appreciate their beauty and delicacy, the organizers noted.

The guests will also be serenaded by so (Japanese harp) during the reception.

“We hope guests will fully enjoy the cuisine culture nurtured in Japan such as delicate Japanese dishes prepared by leading washoku chefs, in addition to Japanese sake, whisky and wine,” the organizers said.

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