In this Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 photo, Yasuko Hiramatsu, mother, housewife and part-time translator, slices burdock as she cooks kinpiragobo dish at her house in Tokyo. Washoku, the traditional cuisine ... more 
In this Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 photo, Yasuko Hiramatsu, mother, housewife and part-time translator, slices burdock as she cooks kinpiragobo dish at her house in Tokyo. Washoku, the traditional cuisine of Japan, is being considered for designation as part of the world’s priceless cultural heritage by the U.N. this week. But even as sushi and sake booms worldwide, purists say its finer points are candidates for the endangered list at home. The younger generation is increasingly eating Krispy Kreme donuts and McDonald’s, not rice. Hiramatsu learned how to cook from her mother and grandmother, although she also relies on several cookbooks and watches TV shows to beef up her repertoire. (AP Photo/Yuri Kagyema) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Yuri Kagyema
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