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7 “Japanese Food” That Do Not Exist In Japan

This list will make you question if you have really eaten Japanese food at all.

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California Roll

That's right, this eponymous sushi roll was invented in California for the American market and is typically not found in sushi restaurants in Japan. Give me a Ca…normal sushi roll please!FYI: The same goes for Dragon roll, Philadelphia roll and any sushi roll that is fried or includes cheese, fruit and tempura.
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That's right, this eponymous sushi roll was invented in California for the American market and is typically not found in sushi restaurants in Japan. Give me a Ca…normal sushi roll please!

FYI: The same goes for Dragon roll, Philadelphia roll and any sushi roll that is fried or includes cheese, fruit and tempura.

Crab sushi

The "crab" that you are being served is actually what the Japanese call "kani-kama" (crab stick) which is made out of fish paste rather than real crab. You will find them used in salads and NEVER as a sushi item.
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The "crab" that you are being served is actually what the Japanese call "kani-kama" (crab stick) which is made out of fish paste rather than real crab. You will find them used in salads and NEVER as a sushi item.

Spicy tuna

It's time to question everything because this delicious Sriracha and mayonnaise seasoned item is again, American and not Japanese.
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It's time to question everything because this delicious Sriracha and mayonnaise seasoned item is again, American and not Japanese.

Sake bomb

Unfortunately, putting two Japanese things does not make one Japanese thing. Warning: As appealing as DIY sake bombs are, laying your chopsticks on a beer glass is taboo in Japan.
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Unfortunately, putting two Japanese things does not make one Japanese thing.

Warning: As appealing as DIY sake bombs are, laying your chopsticks on a beer glass is taboo in Japan.

Teriyaki Beef/Chicken Bowl

Teriyaki beef or chicken is served on a dish and not over a rice bowl.
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Teriyaki beef or chicken is served on a dish and not over a rice bowl.

Cup Noodles

It's not Cup Noodles or "cup-o-noodles" it's actually Cup Noodle in Japan.
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It's not Cup Noodles or "cup-o-noodles" it's actually Cup Noodle in Japan.

Takoyaki (octopus balls) on a stick

Food on a stick is absolutely amazing, but takoyaki is something you will never find served on a stick.
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Food on a stick is absolutely amazing, but takoyaki is something you will never find served on a stick.

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