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Japan’s Winter Food

December 14, 2016 by Mark Guthrie

As a Brit, I am used to winters being cold, wet and miserable, with skies as grey as the faces shielded from the perpetual sleet and drizzle. As such, it always baffled me when Japanese friends would claim, without a second’s hesitation, that the year’s last was their favorite season. Unsurprisingly, the reason behind this […]

Traditional Japanese New Years’ Foods – Osechi

November 29, 2016 by Ray Proper

Osechi-ryōri are traditional Japanese foods eaten at the start of the new year.  The osechi tradition has been alive in Japan since the Heian Era (starting in 794) and the foods are easily recognizable by the special bento boxes called jūbako, which are often stacked for larger families or parties.  Like many places in Asia, […]

Crab Season in Kansai

November 28, 2016 by Justin Hanus

Since the month of December tends to be the busiest and most plentiful for crabs, it’s no wonder that the winter month boasts a delicious spike in availability for the crustaceans across Japan. During the winter, crab imports from the Sea of Japan spread throughout the country providing restaurants and homes with tasty crab dishes […]

Ramen 101: How and What to Order

November 28, 2016 by Justin Hanus

Oh the weather outside might be frightful, but a warm bowl of ramen is so delightful. With Japanese winter in full swing, the warm and delicious reasons to leave the house are even more tempting. One of those belly-warming delights is a hot bowl of ramen! Unlike some noodle dishes in Japan, ramen comes in […]

Warm up with Japanese Curry in Hiroshima

September 14, 2016 by Jade Brischke

As the weather gets cooler, we’re all familiar with wanting something to make us nice and warm both inside and out. Clothing from places like Uni Qlo covers the ‘outer,’ (and the ‘under,’ so to speak!), but the inside needs something in the form of food, and curry is the perfect thing to warm your […]