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FOOD&DRINK March 18, 2019

Exploring the Traditional Japanese Diet

Rooted in simplicity and seasonality, the traditional Japanese diet is regarded as one of the healthiest in the world. From oily fish to protein-packed tofu, traditional meals are full of fresh, unprocessed ingredients. Vegetables, grains, rice, fish, and fermented foods are all eaten in moderate amounts. And the result is a well-balanced diet that’s low […]

FOOD&DRINK February 26, 2019

Farm to Hashi in Japan

Photo by sk via Flickr Anyone who has traveled around Japan has likely marveled at how many farm plots dot all but the most urban areas. A trip on any shinkansen will offer the passenger fleeting glimpses of rice paddies and gardens that lie, green and lush, amidst Japan’s office towers, houses and apartment blocks. […]

FOOD&DRINK February 17, 2019

Tokyo Food Guide: 8 Traditional Dishes You Must Try

Photo via Flickr CC Japanese cuisine is unlike any other and Tokyo is one of the best places to try it. Fizzing with relentless energy, Japan’s capital is a feast for the senses. In Tokyo, you can slurp from bowls of steaming hot ramen, delicately savor sashimi, or munch on traditional Japanese sweet treats, all […]

FOOD&DRINK, KYOTO September 13, 2018

Must Eats in Kyoto

Photo by Andrea Schaffer via Flickr Once Japan’s Imperial capital, Kyoto is known for its temples, shrines, and beautiful natural landscapes. The city also presents a rich culinary history, offering several famous dining styles, local dishes, and confectionaries to tempt your taste buds. Japanese food is very regional, with each region having its own specialty […]

FOOD&DRINK March 22, 2018

Japan’s “Greatest Invention”: Instant Ramen

For all their culture’s artistry, subtlety and sophistication, the Japanese are a practical people. So when, in 2000, it came time to answer pollsters about what they consider their country’s greatest accomplishments of the 20th century, the top choice was the essence of practicality: Instant ramen. Instant “ramen” – which was actually just dried ramen […]

FOOD&DRINK January 25, 2018

Rice and its Infinite Products

Photo by Shunichi kouroki via Flickr When one wants to say “meal” in Japanese, one says the words gohan or perhaps meshi. Both words literally mean “cooked rice.” That etymology says much about the central role that rice plays in the Japanese diet. Valued as currency in past, rice is still used in a remarkable […]

FOOD&DRINK October 26, 2017

Beyond The Pub: A Closer Look At Japan’s Izakaya Culture

Photo by Japanexperterna Japan’s dining options range from convenient and cheap vending machines to elegant and very expensive kaiseki banquets, with everything in between. But another kind of relatively inexpensive, not to mention tasty way to satisfy your hunger and thirst is becoming popular all over the world. Izakaya is the Japanese equivalent of the […]

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 […]