Japanese Rice – Explore a way of life

Japanese Rice – Explore a way of life

We find out why more about Japanese Rice.

We are all familiar with rice in anime. We have seen Goku wolf down on rice in Dragon Ball Z, or gourmet hunter Toriko eat rice with the ingredients he hunted in the anime Toriko, we have even seen dishes like Curry Rice in Amagi Brilliant Park Episode 6 as well as Fried Rice and Salad in Sword Art Online season 2 episode 7. It is safe to say that rice is a crucial ingredient in the Japanese way of life. We focus today on Japanese Rice.

Rice Sprouts

Rice Sprouts

In Japan, more than 80% of the Japanese farms are focused on producing rice, yet only 1% of Japanese rice gets to be exported to other countries. It is said that you can drive from any city in Japan into the countryside and within 10 minutes you will find a rice farm. It is a grain has been cultivated in Japan for over 2000 years and at one time even served as a currency.

RIce

RIce

Japanese rice is very expensive, yet almost all the rice consumed in Japan is domestic. Restaurants in Japan mostly exclusively serve domestic rice and don’t think you can fool any Japanese citizen with serving them any other kind of rice because Japanese rice has it own distinct taste, appearance and texture. Japanese rice is all short grains and they become sticky when they are cooked, making it easy to eat with chopsticks since the rice clumps together.

In Japan, rice is so important that there is even a Shinto Deity dedicated to rice. In fact, it is Japan’s most important God, Inari. Inari is an androgynous Deity and known as the God/Goddess of rice, fertility, agriculture, foxes and business success. It is said that Inari transforms into a fox every now and then and Inari also has pure white foxes acting as Inari’s messengers.

There are a lot more to be said of rice in Japan and it’s importance. It is a more than food, it is a way of life, a cultural heritage to be respected and appreciated. If you want to learn more about Japanese rice, please follow our link: http://bit.ly/A-Guide-To-Rice

Interested in learning more about Inari, the Kami of Rice and foxes. Then please follow our link: http://bit.ly/Inari-Kami-of-Rice

Some of you might remember the onigiri (rice ball) in the anime Pokémon that Brock used to make. Today we learn how to make this yummy dish. Please follow the link: http://bit.ly/Onigiri_Recipe

Another popular rice dish you may have seen in anime like Koufuku Graffiti (Episode 3) is Omurice (Japanese Omelet Rice). To see how this popular dish is created, please follow our link: http://bit.ly/Omurice-recipe

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