What is Washoku?

Washoku, traditional Japanese cuisine, has been widely lauded around the world. In December 2013, it was granted the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage designation.

Japanese home cooking is indeed unique in that it is centered on the happiness and health of the family. It nourishes families with seasonal ingredients, brings smiles to their faces, and is often easy to prepare on an everyday basis.

There are over 1.7 million recipes uploaded on the COOKPAD Japanese website, which are inspired by the daily rhythm of cooking. I’d like to introduce to you the 25 most popular recipes here, and on our Facebook page. Most are classic dishes passed on from mothers and grandparents, recipes that have withstood the test of time. But some like Christmas cakes, are adaptations from foreign cultures modified to the Japanese context.


Japanese home cooking is not difficult to make. The recipes featured do not require special ingredients or tools, but even if you are unable to obtain some of the ingredients, feel free to substitute with what’s at hand. Whatever the result, this is your take on Japanese cuisine; there is no right or wrong answer. Give the recipes a go in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Through COOKPAD’s home-cooked recipes, I sincerely hope that you’ll be able to share many happy moments with your family and loved ones.

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