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Spirit of Washoku

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Washoku (和食) (UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage) is an approach to achieving nutritional balance and aesthetic harmony at table; both a culinary philosophy and a set of practical guidelines for preparing food.

The first character, 和 (wa) means Japan or Japanese, which also represents harmony, and the second character 食 (shoku) means food or to eat; it can be translated to “harmony of food”.

The traditional cuisine of Japan is based on rice with miso soup and other dishes; there is an emphasis on seasonal ingredients. Seafood is common, often grilled, but also served raw as sashimi or in sushi.

It can sometimes be unusual, such as shirako (fish sperm), nankotsu (chicken cartilage), Basashi ice cream, ice cream made from raw horse meat …

We offer you the possibility to plan a food tour during your visit to Tokyo, Kyoto, Kanazawa and any other cities where we offer tours.

The principles of Washoku, its concept or the Japanese culinary mindset of “the harmony of food”.

  • Go shiki: Every meal should include the 5 colors: red, yellow, green, black and white.
  • Go mi: Every meal should include the 5 tastes: salty, sour, sweet, bitter and spicy.
  • Go ho: Combine 5 different cooking methods like “Nama” (cutting), “Niru” (Simmering), “Yaku” (Grilling), “Musu” (Steaming), “Ageru” (Deep-frying).
  • Go kan: Engage the 5 senses in every meal: taste of course, but also smell, touch, sight and sound.
  • Go kan mon: The rules around eating.


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Adult(s) – 15 years and over
Children – 6 – 14 years