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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 […]

FOOD&DRINK April 26, 2016

Beginner’s Guide to Japanese Tea

Tea, its cultivation and consumption, are crucial to Japan and its culture. Such elegant ancient rituals as the Japanese tea ceremony and unique contemporary creations as green tea ice cream have created the impression that Japan and tea are nearly synonymous. In fact, Japan accounts for a relatively small amount of global tea production and […]