37. Washoku 和食 traditional Japanese cuisine has drawn attention from all over the world for being healthy, decorative and delicious. It is simultaneously both simple yet complicated, plain yet sophisticated with an emphasis on artful presentation. Seasonal specialties play an important role in Japanese cuisine. Preparation involves maximizing natural flavors of the ingredients, while enhancing its beauty through artful presentation. The most accessible version of this cuisine for most Japanese is the New Years feast.