Rice defines Japan and what it means to be Japanese.

Rice is my comfort food, my carbohydrate weakness.

We all seem to have one – pasta, potatoes, bread – a basic staple that is often associated with our childhood and linked to our heritage. Rice takes me back to my obaachan’s (grandmother’s) cooking, to a rice cooker always ready with my after-school snack, to memories of being the only family at a barbeque on the beach making a pot of ….

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