If you’re the type that gets offended easily, then I recommend you walk away now.
I’m about to offend some people (If you didn’t get that already).
The only two “spices” used in Japanese food are SUGAR and SALT.
Let the hate-mail start!
But seriously. Japanese food seriously lacks spice and my middle-eastern tongue NEEDS cardamom, cumin, turmeric, coriander and most of all it yearns YEARNS for hot-hot-heat (the band and the chilli). This is where Milenga (Bengali cuisine) comes to the rescue, wearing a cute apron and carrying a colourful and flavor-packed thali. To which I say, Hallelujah, the spice Gods have come! (To Okayama).