7 staple Japanese foods you will definitely want to try when you come to Japan

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  • Japan has some unique foods!
    Here we will present 7 staple menus you should eat!

    Ramen

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    There are over 30,000 ramen restaurants in Japan, so it is no longer an exaggeration to say that it is a national food.
    It is surprisingly unknown amongst non-Japanese that ramen varieties are divided according to the flavour of the soup, and other than the staples of Tonkotsu, Shoyu, Miso and Shio, in each region ramen with differing characteristics can be enjoyed.
    It seems that many foreign travellers enjoy Tonkotsu Ramen.

    Japanese notation:ラーメン
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    Sushi

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    If there is a Japanese food popular in every country, this would have to be it.
    It is great to eat cheaply at revolving sushi restaurants (the quality of which is increasing), and at high grade counters it is also great for enjoying the chef’s techniques.

    Japanese notation:寿司
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    Soba

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    This is a dish that you can eat by dipping it in dashi or as a soup while enjoying the fragrance and the smoothness as it goes down.
    Many comic stories featuring a theme of soba remain from a long time ago in Japanese history.

    Japanese notation:蕎麦、ソバ

    Tempura

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    This is a deep fried food that uses ingredients such as seafood or seasonal vegetables covered in a thin batter.
    It has a crunchy texture and an elegant flavour.

    Japanese notation:天ぷら
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    Gyoza

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    Unlike in China, in Japan most Gyoza is provided fried.
    The simple flavour of pork, garlic, and vegetables wrapped in a kneaded flour skin goes well with sake.

    Japanese notation:餃子、ギョウザ

    Okonomiyaki

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    Okonomiyaki is famous in Osaka and Hiroshima, and they both have their own characteristics.
    It basically consists of a kneaded flour dough, meat, and vegetables that are fried together.
    There is a similar food in Tokyo called Monjayaki.

    Japanese notation:お好み焼き

    Wagashi

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    Wagashi developed uniquely along with the tea culture that has been passed down since ancient times in Japan.
    Not only the taste, but the appearance is appetizing as well.

    Japanese notation:和菓子