Japanese Food

Onomichi – Temples, Ramen and Cats Galore at Hiroshima’s Seaside Jewel

Aug 31, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

Flanked to the north by steep hillsides and to the south by the rolling Seto Inland Sea, the city of Onomichi is quaint, picturesque and full of history. It makes...[ Click to read more ]

Benzaiten – Japanese Sweets to ‘Dai’ For in Nagoya

Aug 24, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

I'm a great fan of desserts that do precisely what their name suggests. You've got a Tiramisu, which is a literal 'pick me up' thanks to the coffee within. Then...[ Click to read more ]

Umeshu: A Tangy Plum Liquor and Japanese Tradition

Jun 29, 2020 By Hugh Cann

If you live in Japan, you have almost certainly tried, or at least seen, "ume." These hard, reddish, berry-like and squishy looking pale prune-like plums on a plate, or seen...[ Click to read more ]

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Miso – Japan’s Condiment of Choice for 1000 Years

Oct 14, 2019 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...[ Click to read more ]

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Ankake Spaghetti, Nagoya’s Italian Treat

Feb 27, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

From soba to ramen, udon to somen, hiyamugi to shirataki, Japanese cuisine is blessed with a wide variety of of noodle kinds. But if that wasn't enough, they had to...[ Click to read more ]

The Wonderful World of Yakitori – Meat on a Stick Explained

Feb 25, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

Japan is famous for its food, but for some reason, 'yakitori' is rarely talked about when we consider classic local cuisine. This is somewhat unfair, as grilled chicken (a pretty...[ Click to read more ]

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Healthy Meals for Dieters in Kansai

Jan 25, 2019 By Justin Hanus

The New Year is traditionally a time when people decide to put their culinary over-indulgences behind them and start a healthy diet. Thankfully for expats living in Japan, the country...[ Click to read more ]

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Food of Hiroshima

Dec 03, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

Most cities in Japan can boast exquisite and marvelous food, and many of them are rightly vaunted for it. Hiroshima, for all its international fame, is not one of them,...[ Click to read more ]

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Food & Drink Unique to the Kansai Region

Feb 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....[ Click to read more ]

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Noodling about: Nagoya’s Ramen Discoveries

Oct 31, 2017 By Mark Guthrie

[caption id="attachment_33494" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Misen's spicy Taiwan ramen[/caption] When I first came to Japan and answered the standard "what Japanese food do you like?" question with "I absolutely love ramen!"...[ Click to read more ]