Random facts about Japanese food and drink

“Hokkaido residents like to turn up the heat so high in the winter that the consumption of ice cream and beer actually goes up” Japan Times 2 March 08

“Shimane is one of only five prefectures in Japan that contain no Starbucks”

  “Scallop consumption in Aomori is seven times the national average” 

Random facts about sushi
One of the reasons for the spread of sushi across Japan from its Edo (Tokyo) source was the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, as “the devastation… was so great that most businesses had to close and huge numbers of people were forced to flee Tokyo and return to their hometowns- among them, many of the city’s sushi chefs” Sushi A Pocket Guide pg 10

If tuna is lighter colour it is from closer to the skin. Tuna from nearer to the bone is pink or red


  1. elizabeth said,

    January 20, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    it is rude if you do not slurp while eating soup cause the hostess will think its rude

  2. alexcase said,

    January 20, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    That’s not true. You are supposed to slurp when eating noodles, e.g. ramen, but not when eating miso soup. There are plenty of people who do slurp their miso soup (and spaghetti, and even rice, Chinese style), but they tend to be the worst kind of bashed up alchoholic Kanda or Ueno salarymen. Ojoosama (little misses) only slurp noodles.

  3. Chanel(: said,

    April 19, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Yes i learnt that it is rude NOT to slurp while eating such things as noodle soup and so on. You are expected to slurp your soup when at a dinner table, therefore you will feel welcomed into a home somehow.

  4. crella said,

    April 19, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    Noodles, yes, miso soup and other soups, no.

  5. denis said,

    July 26, 2009 at 7:50 am

    I was recently in Japan and had a shot of some maltly vinegar type drink. I think they said it was miro miso but have not been able to verify this. can anyone help me?

  6. Bridgett said,

    December 22, 2009 at 3:14 am

    No you guys are all wrong they consider it um rude. you are not suppose to slurp when you eat soup of any kind

  7. crella said,

    December 28, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Sorry Bridgett but it is okay to slurp noodles.

  8. crella said,

    December 28, 2009 at 9:32 am

    @ denis—it’s called ‘moromi’, I believe.

  9. Nereida said,

    January 19, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    In Japan it’s considered a compliment to the Chef if you slurp your soup. Weird but ok………………………… (*_*)

  10. crella said,

    January 21, 2010 at 3:58 am

    Noodles only!

  11. mary :) said,

    April 26, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    the japanese expect you to slurp :)

  12. June 7, 2016 at 3:31 am

    to slurp.. or not to slurp.. that is the question ^_^

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