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Blessings of Nature

Japanese Food Diversity

Aired: March 18, 2022 (UTC)


Washoku is gaining popularity around the world for being delicious and wholesome.
Designated a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2013, its highly-praised flavors are produced by a combination of factors.
For one, Japan is blessed with an abundance of rain, which nurtures lush forests and produces fresh, quality water.
It also has clearly defined seasons, each bringing a completely different look.
Meanwhile, the complex topography from north to south produces a variety of environments and climates. The Japanese encapsulate all aspects of a region’s natural and cultural climate into one word: foodo.
In this program, we focus on three natural factors that have played a pivotal role in the development of Japan’s food culture: water, the four seasons, and regional climates.
Join us to see how they contribute to Japan’s Food Diversity.


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