Our focus this time is sesame. It's an indispensable part of Japanese cuisine, making the country a leading consumer. Whether used as-is, roasted, ground, or processed into oil, the Japanese have developed numerous ways to enjoy the savory aroma and texture of sesame seeds. They're also a key ingredient in Shojin Ryori, or vegetarian meals prepared for Buddhist monks. Discover the large role that tiny sesame seeds play.