"Umami" is one of the basic five tastes, which affects the flavor of food. The tastes of sweet, salty, bitter and sour are common and most people are familiar to, and the umami is newly found taste by Japanese chemist in the late 19th.
There are many ingredients contains "umami"; Cheese, tomatoes, mushrooms and bacons, all are familiar ingredients for over the world.
Fermented foods through the world contain umami, that had been invited
fermentation by ancient peoples. People have known umami, something yummy taste from long long before. Now we appreciate the wisdom of ancestors.
Japanese food, we call washoku, was registered as a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage in 2013. People through the world became more pay attention to our food culture.
The umami has important element to affect how Japanese dishes taste so good and has fascinated people through the world.