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Chef Niki Nakayama in the kitchen with her wife and sous chef, Carole Iida-Nakayama. Nakayama is a modern master of the ancient Japanese art of kaiseki, a local, seasonal, multicourse meal rooted in Eastern philosophies that value being in harmony with nature. Katrina Dickson hide caption

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Chef Niki Nakayama Is A Modern Master Of An Ancient Japanese Meal

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Reiko Tsuzuki, 70, makes buckwheat soba noodles by hand in her restaurant kitchen in the Japanese island of Shikoku. Ina Jaffe/NPR hide caption

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Japan's Centuries-Old Tradition Of Making Soba Noodles

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Shokugeki no Soma is about a boy named Sōma Yukihira who dreams of becoming a chef. Courtesy of VIZ Media hide caption

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Food Manga: Where Culture, Conflict And Cooking All Collide

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A first-timer's attempt at making part of a 'character bento,' or Kyaraben, lunch. Elise Hu/NPR hide caption

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For Japanese Parents, Gorgeous Bento Lunches Are Packed With High Stakes

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Cookies for sale at the Tensuke Market "authentic Japanese grocery" in Columbus, Ohio. Tony Ganzer/ideastream hide caption

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For Great Japanese Cuisine And Grocers, Head To Central Ohio (Really)

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Japanese food was once derided, but it's now in the canon of haute cuisine, says author Krishnendu Ray. How we value a culture's cuisine in our society, he says, often reflects the status of those who cook it. Alex Green/Getty Images/Ikon Images hide caption

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Sushi burritos from Washington, D.C., restaurant Buredo. These are delicious, but there's no way they'll earn certification as authentic Japanese cuisine under a new program from the government of Japan. Morgan McCloy/NPR hide caption

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Myanmar democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi (right) receives a bowl of green tea from Japanese tea master Genshitsu Sen at a tea ceremony in Kyoto during a 2013 visit to Japan. STR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A woman prepares a Japanese Christmas cake at the Patisserie Akira Cake shop on Dec. 23, 2011. The sponge cake is drenched in symbolic meaning. Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images hide caption

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At Yume Wo Katare, eating ramen is treated as a path to personal fulfillment. Andrea Shea for WBUR hide caption

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Can Finishing A Big Bowl Of Ramen Make Dreams Come True?

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Genuine soba noodles are difficult to find in the U.S. iStockphoto hide caption

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Soba: More Than Just Noodles, It's A Cultural Heritage ... And An Art Form

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