It's well established that Japanese cuisine continues to grow in popularity, but the numbers are still startling: Last year, there were about 89,000 Japanese restaurants overseas, 22,000 of those being in the US! To celebrate the products that have led to such success, the Embassy hosted an “Evening of Food & Agriculture”.
The event featured a cross-section of the tasty items that have garnered so many fans across the globe, like Wagyu beef, Uonuma Koshihikaru rice, and fresh yellowtail. Japanese drinks were also represented, including the “Dassai” brand sake that was used as President Obama's toast during Prime Minister Abe's state dinner in DC in April 2015.
In addition to remarks from Deputy Chief of Mission Atsuyuki Oike, DC restaurateur Daisuke Utagawa gave remarks about the growth of Japanese cuisine in the US, and the care that Japanese farmers and industry take in cultivating the ingredients.