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There is no one-size-fits-all answer to what drinks go best with Japanese food, as it depends on the specific dish being consumed. Japan's national drink, sake, is often a good match with Japanese cuisine.
There's no reason a drink that works very well with, say, the delicacy of sushi, will also be a hit with the rich savouriness of thin strips of meat cooked briefly in a bubbling broth shabu shabu style.
Japanese food is characterized by subtlety of flavour, attention to texture and presentation, and umami. Angelo Lorea, the sommelier at Ginza, a Japanese restaurant in London, has curated a selection of drinks that complement the qualities of Japanese cuisine.
Still, for all its variety, there are certain qualities that run through Japanese food: a subtlety of flavour, forensic attention to texture and presentation, and plentiful helpings of umami.