The online magazine HIGHLIGHTING JAPAN

The online magazine HIGHLIGHTING JAPAN is published once a month by the Japanese government to help readers better understand Japan today.

もっと知りたい、伝えたい。日本の’今’をアップデート ~ オンライン・マガジン HIGHLIGHTING JAPAN

#150 November 2020THE JAPANESE AND RICE

In Japan, rice is more than just a food. As the main staple of the national diet since antiquity, rice not only provides nourishment, it also defines landscapes, provides employment, and informs cultural practices and values ranging from festivals and rituals to the mottainai spirit of wasting nothing and the very notion of wa (harmony). In this month’s Feature, we take a look at a few examples of Japanese interactions with rice.