From the invigorating miso soup to the various broths, soups comprise a major component of the Japanese diets. Soups are served in small covered bowls. Rather than using spoons, diners drink the broth directly from the bowl and use chopsticks to eat solid foods.

Miso soup, a staple of the Japanese breakfast, generally has a salty flavor. The strength of the soup depends on the base ingredients. Foods such as tofu or vegetables are added to the miso soup for additional flavor. Pork and vegetables are also popular soup ingredients.