Japan's kitchen tools
Japan's traditional cuisine is based on rice with miso soup and other dishes. Rice has been a staple food for the Japanese for over 2,000 years and still accompanies or forms the base of many meals. As a result, Japanese people think highly of the kitchen tools especially the rice cookers, which can straightly influence the rice's texture and taste.
Rice cookers are popular souvenirs from Japan. Why? The Japanese market is quality-first. On top of this, the climate and temperature is subject to change in Japan, so well-engineered heating adjustment is essential. Consequently, they use high-quality materials and try to develop better technologies. Since the 1980s, electric rice cookers were manufactured in China and Korea, who only focused on simple feature models in order to meet the market trend regarded the price competition to be more important than rich features. Some visitors to Japan desired to buy Japanese domestic models as souvenirs, due to their ability to produce better tasting cooked rice and the multiple features.