Rice (kome - 米)

Nearly every meal in Japan includes rice. Rice is mostly served in a bowl apart from the other dishes with no flavouring or salt added. Cooked rice is called 'Gohan'.

Rice is also used as a flower to make for instance mochi (rice cake). It's also the main ingredient of sake, the Japanese rice alcohol.

The Japanese rice is a special short-grain type and very sticky. The Japanese State aims to be self-sufficient in rice production and controls the market by subsidizing the local growers and taxing heavily the foreign rice.


Rice growing in Japan
Japanese rice fields after the crop




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