SASHIMI, sliced raw fish is our popular food.
i ate raw flatwish in FUKUOKA during my stay. fish in Fukuoka is really fresh, better than Tokyo as I think.
as you see, it is dished up like being alive! we call it "IKIZUKURI"(fish served alive) , that meens slices of flesh having been cut and put back in place.
Uh, it sounds a bit cruel actually..
I feel there is a persistance to "setout" in Japanese food. sometime it is almost like an art, an important factor to finish a dish as an artisan's work.