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We spotlight the extraordinary dishes that make Japanese cuisine truly unique. These are the dishes that might not be as globally recognized as sushi or ramen, but are deeply loved within Japan and hold significant cultural or regional value. From the fermented funazushi, the ancestor of modern sushi, to the delicacy of fugu (pufferfish), to the slow-cooked hoba miso of Gifu, we delve into the fascinating stories behind these dishes. Uncovering these specialty dishes allows us to deepen our appreciation for the diversity and depth of Japanese cuisine. Let's venture off the beaten culinary path and savor the unique bites of Japan.