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Pizza in Japan

Ewa Nowogorski

Every country has pizza. And every country has their own peculiar pizza toppings. Talking to a Russian guy I found that ham and pineapple is not normal everywhere. But here in New York I practically grew up on that stuff. It’s not the kind of combination that I ever thought was weird. It was just another topping that some people liked and some people didn’t. I personally didn’t like the ham part and always picked it off, but Japan has some of its own crazy pizza toppings.

I think corn is the most talked about topping that tends to shock the general foreign population when they hear that it actually gets placed on pizza quite a bit. I never had corn on pizza before coming to Japan, but it oddly works for me. In fact, I think it’s one of my favorite toppings when paired with a few other vegetables.

But there are some crazy things that I would have never thought to put on my own pizza. Japan is a seafood-loving country, so it’s no wonder why they would attempt to pair it with anything savory, but scallops and shrimp with tomato sauce and cheese? That’s a weird one for me. Honey, potatoes, seaweed, and mayonnaise are definitely not things I would ever use either, and to me it almost seems like a sin to put mayo on pizza. The flavor would completely overpower the delicate flavor that pizza has.

But some people grow to love some of the toppings that Japanese pizzarias have to offer. If you ever get the chance, you should definitely knock yourself out with a crazy flavor here. But for people who can’t take the uniqueness, don’t worry. There are classic tomato sauce and cheese-only options available as well.

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