The character of Japanese cuisine consists of two things. One is to make use of the natural tastes of the ingredients themselves, and the other is to value the sense of seasons. Japanese cuisine is also sometimes called Washoku. Wa stands for Japan or Japanese style, and Shoku stands for eating or diet. Yoshoku is it's foreign counterpart. Yo stands for Western style. In 2013, Washoku was designated as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO. In Japanese cuisine there are different categories; Shojin, Chakaiseki, Kaiseki, Osechi, and so on. For a balanced daily diet, Ichiju Sansai (one soup and three dishes) is an important keyword.
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