Simmered dishes. Ingredients are softened in a soup but keep the flavor and color. The ingredients and the soup are in exquisite harmony.
There are two ways to make yakimono: directly grilling over the heat source and indirectly broiling or baking over the heat source using equipment. Yakimono foods are browned with a nice flavor and fragrance.
Mushimono are steamed foods. From the moisture, the texture is softly elegant. The excess fat is cooked off.
Itamemono is a preparation of ingredients by sautéing and stirring in oil while seasoning.
Agemono is a dish prepared by cooking ingredients in oil at high temperature, such as tempura, deep-fry or kara-age.
Vegetables, meat or fish dressed with various seasonings in a unique combination of blended flavors.
There are many kinds of shirumono including miso soup, suimono (light, thin soup, made with dashi soup stock), and surinagashi (in which grated ingredients are added to the soup).
Donburi / Donburi-mono
Rice served in a bowl (larger than a typical rice bowl) with cooked items added on top.
Rice shaped in round, triangular, or barrel shapes and often eaten as a light meal or finger food on the go.
Sushi is prepared by seasoning rice with sushi vinegar and topped usually with seafood or vegetables.
Zosui is cooked by simmering rice, vegetables and seafood seasoned with soy sauce.
Takikomi-gohan is a dish of rice cooked with vegetables and chicken and seasonings such as soy sauce and miso.
Noodles made from wheat flour, served either hot or cold.
Soba is noodles made from buckwheat flour. Wheat flour may be used as a binder. The name varies depending on the ratio of the flour.
It is also called Chinese noodles. Ramen is originally invented in Japan based on Chinese noodle dishes.
Nabemono is a hot pot cooked and served at the table.
Yoshoku / Seiyo Ryori
Western dishes uniquely developed in Japan are now called yoshoku or seiyo ryori.
Sashimi (raw fish), salads, and boiled dishes.
There are traditional Japanese-style sweets and Western style sweets introduced since the Meiji era.