The Power of Expensive Rice Cookers

While other countries might consider rice to be rice, the Japanese are very serious in dividing the rice grown across their country into different classes. Some prefectures, such as Niigata, are singled out as sources of the most delicious rice, and bags of rice from such areas are often priced much higher than Japanese rice from say, Saitama. Having only tasted high class rice a few times, I really can’t claim to be able to taste the difference, but I’m hardly a food expert.

Most Japanese people I’ve met swear by the taste differences of rice from different prefectures, and there probably are subtle differences in taste between them. NTV’s Real Time News recently ran a segment about advances in rice cooking technology, and they had this employee of a rice cooker manufacturing company take a blind taste test to see if he could tell the difference between different brands of rice:

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