Ramen: The most popular Japanese food isn’t even Japanese really, but ramen’s rise to popularity came on the shoulders of salarymen everywhere.
Kewpie: It’s like the cherry on top of all your favorite Japanese foods: you can put it on takoyaki, okonomiyaki, sushi. And look how cute the little baby on the bottle is! I’ve never seen a bowl of ramen welcome me with arms literally wide open.
Karaage: Everyone’s favorite bar snack and greasy festival food, Japanese fried chicken! It’s like nuggets, only better and more satisfying in every way, not to mention the fact that the biggest ones can be the size of your fist.
Chu-hi: When you can’t decide whether you want juice or alcohol, chu-hi is the answer. Because why not both?
Bentou: Its customize-ability is legendary. They can be used to express your love and affection or to enact umeboshi revenge. The possibilities are endless (and delicious)!
Yakitori: Grilled meatssssss.
Melonpan: It may contain no actual melon and is only 90% bread, but who cares when it’s so yummy. A staple of Japanese konbini, even when you don’t necessarily want one, you know you’re going to get one anyway.
Soba: They’re thin noodles made from buckwheat flour, and as healthy eating goes they’re not soba-d.
Takoyaki: English translation: octopus balls. Cost: 400 yen. Telling your visiting friends they just ate octopus balls: Priceless.
Anko: It’s one of the most ubiquitous ingredients in Japanese cuisine. There’s no use trying to avoid it, it’s probably already in your cake right now.
Kobe beef: Supposedly the cows are fed grass and beer, and receive daily massages, all so they can become this highly prized gourmet beef. If you don’t vote for them, then all of that preparation was for nothing!
Nabe: Most of the cold weather may already be behind us, but this is still one of the most satisfying and warming winter dishes you will ever find. And it’s even better when shared with friends.
Vending Machines: If you can dream it, Japan has a vending machine filled with it.
Curry pan: All the joys and deliciousness of Japanese curry, packaged and deep-fried for on the go consumption! Because Japan loves you.
Okonomiyaki: Oko-no! It’s ‘miyaki-ng me crazy.
Miso: Miso sorry for that awful pun. Vote for miso instead!