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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 […]

Miso – The Story Behind Japan’s Condiment of Choice for 1000 Years

September 14, 2017 by Justin Hanus

There was a time when miso was only eaten by nobility and monks. It was strictly forbidden for commoners to even eat the fermented condiment. What a difference a thousand years or so makes – today it is the cornerstone of traditional Japanese meals. Miso was invented in China and first eaten over 2500 years […]

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, […]

Take an Authentic Japanese Cooking Class in Kyoto

December 21, 2016 by Justin Hanus

One of the most memorable and exciting aspects of traveling or living among a different culture is exploring the cuisine. While going to an authentic restaurant may be enough to get your foodie fix, sometimes the most excitement and delight comes from the challenge of preparing the dish on your own. Japanese food is hailed […]

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 […]

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