The Secret Tastes of Tokyo
Washoku (和食) 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.”
Its philosophy rests on the “Power of Five” an important number in Japanese culture, each having five components:
- Goshiki (five colors): red, blue, yellow, white and black.
- Gomi (five flavors): sweet, pungent, salty, bitter and sour.
- Goho (five methods): grilling, boiling, steaming, frying and raw food.
- Gokan (five senses): sight, sound and texture, as well as taste and smell.
- The final set of fives is called the gokan no mon — a Buddhist doctrine referring to the state of mind to be maintained while partaking of the food.
Washoku has been drawing attention since it was registered as an UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.
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