Food & Drink Unique to the Kansai Region

February 26, 2018 by Justin Hanus

If you’re a foodie, a trip to the Kansai region is a must if you visit Japan. Kansai folk love their food and there are many regional specialities to savour. Osaka, sometimes called the ‘kitchen of the country’, is known for its street food. Two of its most popular dishes – Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki – […]

Noodling about: Nagoya’s Ramen Discoveries

October 31, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

When I first came to Japan and answered the standard “what Japanese food do you like?” question with “I absolutely love ramen!” I wasn’t sure why I was typically met with a look of disappointment, as if i had let them down in some way. It took me a a few months to realise that […]

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 […]

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 […]

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