Food and eating may be the two things most resembling religion in Japan. It's not surprising then that having grown up in Japan, I am a devout food fanatic with Japanese cuisine coming in 1st and Chinese cuisine following closely behind. My Chinese mother is ok with this order of preference because she knows it's close enough not to relegate me to the disrespectful daughter category.
Here's a mouth-watering NYTimes article on ramen in NYC:
And here's a little less mouth-watering look at eating taken a bit seriously...hee hee hee (my hand covers my mouth as I understate and giggle):