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FOOD&DRINK April 18, 2017

The 8 Most Important Condiments and Ingredients in Japanese cuisine

Nearly everyone who lives in a modern city is familiar with Japanese food, which along with Italian, Chinese and American cuisines is a commonplace part of an international diet. Everyone knows that rice, noodles and tofu, along with chicken, fish and beef and a great variety of vegetables, are familiar Japanese staples. But what often […]

FOOD&DRINK December 15, 2016

The Unique Qualities of Japanese Whiskey

When the authoritative publication Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible named Suntory’s Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 the “best whisky in the world” in 2015, it was a pronouncement felt around the world of distilling. Despite previous awards for Japanese Scotches, most observers had long assumed that great Scotch could only be made in its native […]

FOOD&DRINK November 4, 2016

9 Delightful Drinks from Japan’s Ubiquitous Vending Machines

MosayMay / Shutterstock.com For a country so steeped in a clean aesthetic and natural materials, Japan’s profusion of vending machines is remarkable. Even the most elegant, traditional-looking street is liable to be marked by one (or six, or 10) vending machines. This may be the first thing a foreigner notices about the country, and one […]

FOOD&DRINK October 19, 2016

Umami, Japan’s “Fifth Flavor”

The Japanese didn’t invent what has come to be known as the “fifth flavor” – besides the well-known sweet, sour, bitter and salty – but a Japanese man named it: umami. In 1907, during the first few decades of modern Japan, a chemist at Tokyo’s Imperial University named Kikunae Ikeda had an insight that the […]

FOOD&DRINK September 7, 2016

What Makes Kobe Beef the World’s Best?

In the world of beef, there are top sirloin steaks from Omaha, bifteck in France and lomo from Argentina. But Kobe beef stands alone, with a reputation for high quality and a deep mystique surrounding its breeding and raising. Beef cattle have been raised in Japan back to pre-history, but in very small numbers, given […]

FOOD&DRINK August 26, 2016

8 Exotic Foods the Japanese Love

Japan offers more extraordinary food experiences than nearly any other country in the world. Even if you want French crepes, or Italian osso bucco, or delicious Sichuan – even just a great cheeseburger and milk shake – the Japanese can cook it, and cook it well. Beyond that, Japanese food itself is one of the […]

FOOD&DRINK July 11, 2016

5 Types of Noodles: Udon, Ramen, Soba, Yakisoba and Somen

Although rice-based sushi has become an international staple food, in Japan you won’t have too many meals without encountering one of the country’s other culinary basics: noodles. Whether in the form of udon, soba, yakisoba, somen, the universally-popular ramen or others, Japan’s love affair with noodles is rich and varied. Given the many uses of […]

FOOD&DRINK April 26, 2016

10 Japanese Table Manners You Must Know

There are few places offering greater opportunities to violate local customs that at the dining table. Nowhere else do such clear rules come in conflict with such a basic need: we are, after all, hungry. So here are ten tips for gaijin – things to do as well as things not to do – while […]

FOOD&DRINK April 26, 2016

Beginner’s Guide To Kaiseki

While many gourmands around the food world laud the current trend of “farm-to-fork” cuisine – with its focus on fresh, local, seasonal ingredients and simple-but-elegant presentation – the Japanese have been raising the same approach to a high art for centuries. Kaiseki, Japan’s multi-course haute cuisine, has been refined over the four hundred years since […]

FOOD&DRINK April 26, 2016

5 Things Visitors Must Know About Sake

The word sake is actually a generic Japanese word, and refers to any alcoholic beverage. Vodka is, then, sake in Japan, as is beer, which now out-sells sake in Japan. What English speakers call sake is what the Japanese call seishu or nihonshu: “Japanese liquor.” But since English-speakers routinely call it sake, we will continue […]