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Japanese cuisine added to world heritage list
Japan hopes UNESCO cultural heritage designation will help save its traditional cuisine
Associated Press
2013-12-05 11:01 AM

TOKYO (AP) -- The United Nations cultural organization has added traditional Japanese cuisine to its cultural heritage list.

A UNESCO committee announced the decision Wednesday at a meeting in Azerbaijan.

Known as "washoku," Japan's traditional cooking embraces seasonal ingredients, a unique taste and a style of eating steeped in centuries of tradition.

Japan hopes that UNESCO recognition will both send a global message and boost efforts to save "washoku" at home.

Purists fear that Japanese are turning away from the often time-consuming traditional cooking, as fast food and western cuisine become more popular and people lead busier lives.

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