Waiter . . . there's a bug in my soup

Dec 14, 2013

Waiter . . . there's a bug in my soup

The crickets chirp before they are thrown into a pan, sauteed in vegetable oil and turned into crispy, crunchy snacks. They are one of the three toppings offered on crackers as hors d’oeuvres; a jam made from ants and rice grasshoppers boiled in a ...

Xmas music for good causes

Dec 12, 2013

Xmas music for good causes

Tohoku is still in dire need of support to help its recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in 2011. But it must be remembered that recovery is a slow process, and there are many who are also still struggling after the ...

Slurping opportunities at Ramen Expo 2013

Dec 12, 2013

Slurping opportunities at Ramen Expo 2013

Ramen, Japan’s soul food, continues to evolve by the day. It comes in a variety of flavors, with numerous toppings and at different prices. If you’re a fan and happen to be in Osaka between Dec. 12 and 25, you are in luck — ...

Amazon tries 'selling' Cyber Monday

Dec 9, 2013

Amazon tries 'selling' Cyber Monday

Leave it to the country’s online retail giant to create Japan’s version of America’s latest Christmas shopping spree. Amazon Japan on Monday launched a Cyber Monday campaign to boost holiday shopping, hoping the tradition takes root in Japan and creates a bonanza comparable with ...

Treading a healthy path — whichever road you take

Dec 5, 2013

Treading a healthy path — whichever road you take

In the mid-19th century, a British undertaker by the name of William Banting was struggling to shed some pounds despite having tried every diet known at the time. He tried fasting, exercise and cutting back on his meals without much success — until he ...

Don't choke on your traditional Japanese New Year's meal

Dec 5, 2013

Don't choke on your traditional Japanese New Year's meal

Suffocating on osechi, Japan’s selection of traditional New Year’s dishes, really does happen. Which is why Osaka-based food manufacturer Fukunao Medical Foods Co. is holding an event on Dec. 7 where osechi cuisine specially prepared for people with chewing problems and dysphagia will be ...