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Japanese cuisine gets Unesco recognition

Japanese cuisine gets Unesco recognition
5 Dec 2013

Japan is celebrating after its cuisine was placed on the Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

The country's traditional dishes, known as washoku, won praise from the cultural organisation for the spiritual tradition of respecting nature associated with the cuisine, the Japan Times reports.

It joins French dishes, traditional Mexican food, the Mediterranean diet in countries such as Spain and Italy, and keskek, a Turkish ceremonial meal, on Unesco's list. 

'We would like to continue passing on Japanese food culture to the generations to come ... and would also like to work harder to let people overseas appreciate the benefits of washoku,' commented  prime minister Shinzo Abe. 

Japan already has 17 properties on the Unesco World Heritage List, including the historic monuments of ancient Kyoto, the shrines and temples of Nikko and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome), which was the only structure left standing after the first atomic bomb exploded on 6 August 1945.ADNFCR-408-ID-801669083-ADNFCR

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