Every good tradition needs a good foundation, and Japanese cuisine’s foundation is unshakeable: rice. Rice has been cultivated across Japan for more than 2,000 years, and plays a prominent role in everything from chazuke—a classic Japanese comfort food—to sushi, which people now enjoy all over the world. Japan's varied and oftentimes eye-dazzling cooking techniques have gone a long way, too, in helping establish the country's cuisine as a worldwide affair. For instance, diners gather around robata grills as chefs cook their meals over blistering charcoals. This trademark fusion of showmanship and tradition has made Japanese cuisine a global experience, and one that has certainly left an indelible mark on the Phoenix food scene.
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