After seeing a TV programme earlier in the week, I've just been reading about the benefits of the Japanese diet. "Thanks to the relatively healthier Japanese diet and lifestyle, Japanese women and men live longer and healthier than everyone else on Earth. Not only can they expect to live 86 and 79 years respectively (compared to 80 and 75 years for Americans), but they can also anticipate an average of 75 years lived healthy and disability-free, the World Health Organization reports. On top of that, Japanese people enjoy the No. 1 lowest obesity rate in the developed world -- 3% -- versus 11% for the French and 32% for Americans, according to the International Obesity TaskForce. When Japanese people adopt a Western-style diet, they put on weight quickly." Has anyone tried any Japanese food? Can you recommend anything? I'm really keen to try some new recipes with tofu, vegetables, seaweed, rice, dumplings and buckwheat noodles. Sadly, I can't eat fish as I'm vegan - but it does seem to have huge health benefits too. Thanks and have a Happy New Year!