Everyone knows what the food pyramid is. In the United States there is the US department of agriculture food-pyramid which details the healthier options for Western-style nutrition. The food pyramid is generally a graphic simulation of the food you should be eating from several different categories. The Japanese food pyramid is the same except that it deals with Japanese food.
The bottom section of the Japanese food pyramid includes all the grains that are available. It is exactly the same as the USDA version in the sense that you can eat 6 to 11 servings a day. Then there are two sections detailing the amount of fruits and vegetables that you can eat. The Japanese food pyramid has one section for vegetables which allows you to eat between 3 and 5 seconds per day and a section for fruits which allows between 2 and 4 servings per day. Going up one level there is two more sections, one section for dairy products and the other section for meat. The meat section also includes fish, crab, squid, and even bean curd. The final section, the top section of the Japanese food-pyramid, includes all the foods which are only to be used sparingly. This section is for fats, oils, and sweets.
The traditional Japanese cuisine offers excellent nutritional value. Although there is a large reliance on white rice as the staple substance, it does tend to bulk up the meal and has a value of keeping you full, there is very little nutritional value in its. You can always substitute the traditional white rice with the whole meal kind that you can get today.
If you're going to attempt to follow the excellent nutritional value of the Japanese food pyramid you can find some excellent websites which will give you many good recipes for Japanese dishes. Intelligent use of the Japanese food pyramid, for example switching whole-grain products for their counterparts, would make the Japanese food pyramid one of the healthiest that are available.