Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Food & Drink

Savour the taste of Japan and discover incredible izakayas, ravishing ramen, sensational sushi, superb sweets, and a whole lot more deliciousness.

FOODIE TOURS JAPAN: GIZEM’S TASTE OF TOKYO

“No one should be missing out on Japanese food!” Sounds like a cliché, but everything points to Gizem Sakamaki being born to do this. Even before starting her tour company Foodie Tours Japan, she...

Sushi: The evolution of sushi

No conversation about Japanese food can go without mentioning sushi, since the popularity of this particular seafood dish has made waves around the world. As mainstream as sushi is within the global vernacular, you...

TEMPURA: Japan’s Deep-Fried Delight

Few food symbols are as iconic as the golden, crispy batter-covered shrimp tempura. In Japanese kanji the “ten” in “tempura” uses the character for “heaven”, and the addition of this traditional cuisine to the...

Unagi: Japanese Grilled Eel and the History of Kabayaki

Seafood has always been a staple of the Japanese diet thanks to the bountiful ocean that surrounds the island country, and unagi (eel) is no exception. Unagi harvested from freshwater is prepared in a...

Soba-kiri: Edo’s First Culinary Hit

Of the top four culinary superstars which emerged during Japan’s Edo period, soba was the first to grace the table. Soba is actually the Japanese word for buckwheat, the main ingredient of the popular...

Nagano Station Area:A cultural core, a splendid temple and a historical gathering spot

Zenkoji Temple attracts numbers of tourists who seek knowledge of ancient Japanese culture and enlightenment. Among the picturesque mountain peaks, you can sense the spirituality that filled patrons of this sacred place when Zenkoji...
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A short winter trip to Akita – seeing, doing, tasting the best of the...

The snow-covered Akita prefecture in the north of Japan is known for several things, and in February, I headed out there to experience the best it has to offer. Invited by the local Akitainu...
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A Panoramic View of Sakura Blossoms in Kaminoyama-shi, Yamagata-ken

Located at the foot of Mt. Zao, Kaminoyama-shi thrived as a castle town and a place for travelers to rest as they traveled along the Ushu-kaido, one of the routes established to connect Edo...
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Greet the Gorgeous Pink Sakura in Fukushima’s Inawashiro-machi

Located at the heart of Fukushima-ken, Inawashiro-machi is a town at the foot of Mt. Bandai. To its south side are the clear waters of Lake Inawashiro and to the north is Mt. Bandai....
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Poetic Beauty of Sakura Blossoms in Morioka-shi, Iwate-ken

Morioka, a historic town at the foot of Mt. Iwate, is reachable in two hours by JR Shinkansen train from Tokyo. Maybe because it thrived as a castle town in the Edo period, the...