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Making Mochi – Fun for Kids and Big Kids Alike

January 30, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

When I first heard about mochi, my heart really went out to the children of Japan. You see, where I’m from, sweets really are just that: sweet. And so, when I was told that one of the most popular form of confectionaries in Japan was a cake made from rice and typically stuffed with beans, […]

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, […]

The Appetite of Autumn: Japanese Fall Foods

September 9, 2016 by Mark Guthrie

The return of oden to convenience stores in around mid-August Japan is a signal that fall is coming, and for many this means relief from the oppressive heat and humidity that kills the appetite.  In fact its rather good timing, as autumn foods are especially delicious;  they even have an old adage for it: 食欲の秋  (shokuyoku no aki) ‘autumn is […]

Mitchan Sōhonten – Hiroshima Style Okonomiyaki in Hiroshima!

June 20, 2016 by admin

Okonomiyaki is kind of like a Japanese pancake, if pancakes were made of vegetables and meat and not at all sweet.  In fact, there is very little to compare the two dishes besides the general shape and the fact that both are truly awesome dishes, perhaps Japanese Pizza would be more appropriate, except there is […]