Gokan Ktown


Address: 621 S Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90005
Phone: (213) 568-3548     오감
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“Symphonized Japanese Eatery” at the Madang Mall… taking over the space of Rockn Sushi on the second floor

What Does “Gokan” Mean?

“Gokan” (五感) in Japanese refers to the five senses – sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste. It is an important concept in Japanese cuisine and culinary arts, emphasizing that eating is a multi-sensory experience that should engage all five senses.

The Five Senses in Japanese Cuisine

  1. Sight (視覚 / Shikaku): The visual presentation of the dish, including the colors, arrangement, and plating, is crucial in Japanese cuisine. It sets the initial expectation and whets the appetite.
  2. Sound (聴覚 / Chōkaku): The sounds associated with the preparation and consumption of food, such as the sizzling of ingredients on the grill or the slurping of noodles, contribute to the overall dining experience.
  3. Smell (嗅覚 / Kyūkaku): Aromas play a significant role in Japanese cuisine, as they can evoke memories and anticipate flavors. Dishes are often designed to release enticing fragrances.
  4. Touch (触覚 / Shokkaku): The texture and mouthfeel of the food are essential aspects of Japanese cuisine, with various textures like slippery, crunchy, and chewy being highly valued.
  5. Taste (味覚 / Mikaku): While taste is the most obvious sense when it comes to food, Japanese cuisine emphasizes the balance and harmony of different flavors, known as “gomi” (五味) – sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and umami.

By considering all five senses, Japanese chefs and culinary artists aim to create a holistic and immersive dining experience that engages and delights the senses. The concept of “gokan” reflects the attention to detail and pursuit of perfection in Japanese culinary traditions.

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