Have you had an experience that you went to a Chinese restaurant in Japan and the food was totally different from what you had expected? My family always experienced that in Japan when we went out with my Japanese family and friends, although they also have had very authentic Chinese food in Japan. So where does this difference come from?
Before I talk more about food, I need to talk about the name “China” in Japanese first. Its official name is 中華人民共和国（ちゅうかじんみんきょうわこく/chuuka_jinmin_kyouwakoku） and we usually shorten it as 中国（ちゅうごく/chuugoku）.