Growing up in a family of foodies, I was exposed to a wide range of flavors and cuisines from a young age. My parents loved to travel, and we would often explore different countries and cultures through their cuisine. One summer, when I was 10 years old, we took a trip to Japan, and it was there that I had one of the most surprising food experiences of my life.
We had just arrived in Tokyo, and after checking into our hotel, we decided to go out for lunch. My parents suggested we try a restaurant that served traditional Japanese cuisine, and I was excited to try something new. As we sat down at the table, I noticed that there were no forks or knives, only chopsticks. I had never used chopsticks before, but my parents assured me that it was easy to learn. The waiter came to take our order, and my parents ordered a variety of dishes, including sushi, tempura, and udon noodles. I was a bit hesitant to try the sushi, as I had never been a fan of raw fish, but my parents encouraged me to give it a try.
When the food arrived, I was amazed at how beautiful it looked. The sushi was arranged on a wooden platter, with each piece delicately decorated with colorful vegetables and sauces. My parents showed me how to use the chopsticks, and I was surprised at how quickly I picked it up. I took my first bite of the sushi, and to my surprise, it was delicious! The fish was incredibly fresh, and the combination of flavors and textures was unlike anything I had ever tasted before. I tried the tempura next, and again, I was blown away by the flavors. The batter was light and crispy, and the shrimp inside was perfectly cooked. As we finished our meal, I realized that I had been missing out on so many amazing flavors and experiences by sticking to the same foods I was used to.
Trying new foods and exploring different cultures through their cuisine has become one of my favorite things to do. That day in Tokyo was a turning point for me, and it opened my eyes to the endless possibilities of food and the joy that can come from trying new things. I will always be grateful for that experience and for the many others that have followed.
Trying Food in Japan