japanese recipes

The average home cook is frightened of Japanese food. Eating it, yes. Pulling up a stool in front of a slow moving whirlpool of conveyor belt sushi or perching next to the open inferno of a Teppanyaki joint while the chef expertly flicks rice towards the ceiling and makes a squid ring volcano explode, yes, of course. But actually cooking the stuff?
I have always been a fan of Japanese cooking and it seems I am not alone. Over the last few years Japanese-style restaurants and recipes are popping up everywhere as more people are looking for healthier alternatives without compromising on taste.