Updated: December 14, 2018
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The Best Japanese Food Related Shows on Netflix!

Here are the best shows to deepen your understanding of Japanese food culture! From food competitions to light shows, here are some of the best shows on Netflix regarding Japanese cuisine!

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Samurai Gourmet

Samurai Gourmet is about a retired salaryman, Takeshi Kasumi, who finds himself with a lot of free time. He decides to go on a culinary exploration of his neighbourhood and is guided by a samurai which brings him new-found courage. The show is based on Masayuki Kusumi's manga, "Samurai Gourmet."

Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories

Midnight Diner is a show which brings people from all walks of life together after midnight at a quaint diner. It is based on Yaro Abe's manga, "Shinya shokudō." Although it is a tiny restaurant with only 12 seats and the chef has limited ingredients at hand, he is always able to accommodate his customers. The show follows a particular customer and gives background information on this character.

Chef's Table (Season 1: Niki Nakayama)

This series of documentary follows a number of great chefs and tells their stories and how they got into cooking. This particular episode is about Niki Nakayama and about how her cousin's Kaiseki restaurant gave her a deeper understanding of Japanese cuisine and how she gained a heavier form of respect towards the seasonal ingredients.

Kantaro The Sweet Tooth Salaryman

This light show is about a salaryman who's sole passion is eating sweets. We explore the city of Tokyo's many different sweets through the eyes of this sugar-craving man. It gives you an idea of where to have some of Tokyo's most popular sweets. It is also based on a manga, "Saboriman Ametani Kantarou."

The Final Table

The Final Table is a competition where chefs are set out to impress a panel of tough judges. They have to create different dishes with a particular country being the theme for the day.
Lili Wanderlust
I love travelling and discovering new cuisines. Japan has a panoply of local dishes to try. I also love yoga, coffee, reading, and cycling.

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