I'm Japanese-American so I think the ultra-strict mods should let this post stand.
I don't get the hoopla about Japanese food.
The main flavors are soy sauce, dashi, salt, sugar, mirin, miso, and a little ginger.
I commented in the tiramisu thread but, to my way of thinking, that is very one-note.
I acknowledge that they use a variety of techniques...as demonstrated in a good kaiseki. And their plating and sense of esthetics is superb.
However, the taste....