Obviously, when talking about Japanese food, the most popular and the best known dish is sushi. There are many, many versions of sushi, some of them represented in my photo - which, by the way, doesn’t show real sushi: this is a sampuru food replica glass case, displayed at a restaurant from Osaka.
However, even with the huge popularity, I know that many people still confuse sushi with “raw fish"… Sushi is actually the Japanese rice mixed with a dressing consisting of rice vinegar, sugar and salt, pressed by hand (hence the name nigiri sushi - nigiri means “hand formed").
To this, a topping of raw fish, seafood (octopus, crab, clam, squid, shrimp or eel) or sweet egg omelette (tamagoyaki) is added, and sometimes the topping and the rice are bound together by a strip of nori seaweed.
Yesterday’s Japan Photo: