The Japanese word for food is tabemono and shokumotsu. Both words can be used interchangeably but tabemono refers to food in general, while shokumotsu more specifically refers to foodstuff such as cooking oil, cheese, sugar etc.
Interesting facts about Japanese food
Japanese cuisine is one of the most unique culinary traditions in the world. So much so that Japan is one of only three countries in the world recognized by the UN for its significant food culture.
Also, a total of 1500 different ingredients are used in Japanese cuisine with rice at its center. Find out more.