Japanese cuisine added to world heritage list

11:02 PM, Dec 4, 2013   |    comments
A traditional Japanese breakfast (AP Photo)
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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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