Hi. I’m Yukako who lives in the northern part of Europe, and teaches and tells people about Japanese traditional culture such as tea ceremony, kimono, etc. offline and online.
Japan is famous as a rice- eating country. Cooked Japanese rice is tasty with its glossy and perfectly soft and full features. It’s remarkable when you think that households across Japan are enjoying this rice. Though rice is the staple food in Japan, only one kind of rice is popular. Other kinds such as Jasmine or long-grain are not so famous. While it is known worldwide that Japanese grains taste extremely good when cooked, the superb functions of rice cookers are the key for making the taste. Despite of the impressive functions, it is relatively easy to use it. All you need to do is just pressing the “start” button and you also can set up a timer, then the rice is ready to eat anytime you set.
History of the rice cooker
The electric rice cooker was first introduced in Japan in 1955. In 1988, the current types utilizing induction heating (IH) appeared in the market, which enabled households to cook delicious rice in a short time. As more and more women made their way into society, this electric instant cooking feature of rice cookers greatly helped them with preparing for meals.
Rice cookers no longer simply cook rice. A wide variety of dishes can now be made, from stewed and steamed dishes, cakes, bread, etc. This is also gaining attention as a healthy way to cook without using oil. These multi-functional rice cookers, for cooking different dishes in addition to rice, are selling well at electronics retail stores.
I hope you will enjoy a Japanese rice cooker not only for cooking rice but also various cooking ways.