Tuesday, October 22, 2019

A Taste of Sh旬n: Sanma-time in Autumn

The end of summer brings about the season for the similar-sounding "sanma" - or Pacific Saury. But it's name in Japanese characters, 秋刀魚, means literally "autumn sword fish", and the aroma of salted, grilled sanma...

A Taste of Sh旬n: Power of Shijimi

For many Japanese, summer brings to mind the eating of unagi, or eel, on designated days called Doyo no Ushi no Hi, in the hopes of beating summer fatigue with nutrition from the unagi. But...

A Taste of Sh旬n: Secrets Of The Uni-verse

Uni, or the sea urchin, is one of those love it or hate it foods. Given its spiky and explosive mine-like appearance, one has to wonder what was going through the mind of the...

Toba: A Small Fisherwoman’s Village

The home of pearls and Ama-zing female divers Most of our readers have probably never heard of Toba, a small fishing village in Mie Prefecture, not too far from Ise Town. The name Mikimoto however, might...

Restaurant Review: Ise Katsura

Divine Dining At The Spiritual Center Of Japan Ise Grand Shrine's outer shrine (Geku), enshrines Toyouke no Omikami, the goddess of agriculture and industry. She is enshrined here to offer sacred food to Amaterasu, the sun...

Akafuku, Mochi Heaven

The inside-out mochi It is not exactly known when Akafuku - one of the oldest mochi (Japanese rice cake) brands still going strong today - was founded, but the oldest document referring to its existence...

A Taste of Sh旬n: Eat The Eel Day

Just surviving on somen, shaved ice or salad when your appetite is suppressed by the hot and humid Japanese summer is bound to leave one listless - which is why the Japanese believe in...

Japan’s No.1 Restaurant As Rated By Local Foodies

"If someone would have told me to dance, I would have probably been spinning around the restaurant like a crazy man" -a tabelog reviewer lucky enough to have dined at Yanagiya Don't let the unassuming facade of Yanagiya...

Restaurant Review: Ginza Rangetsu

Refined cuisine in Ginza After WWII, the district of Ginza became Tokyo's center of modernism. Japanese restaurant Ginza Rangetsu has been part of Ginza since these days, and throughout the last 70 years, the restaurant has become a true Ginza...

A Taste of Sh旬n: Much Ado About Mochi

Recently, a major convenience store chain in Japan came up with a summer version of dango (mochi, or rice cakes, usually on a stick) meant to be eaten cooled. Presumably this is to make...