A short history of Japan's long noodles

| Jun 19, 2015

A short history of Japan's long noodles

Soba, udon and ramen noodles are all well-known outside of Japan, but sōmen — the thin, white wheat noodles that are similar to Italian angel hair pasta — is not as famous. Yet these delicate noodles are very versatile, since they can be served ...

Nanban dishes are fit for a barbarian

| May 15, 2015

Nanban dishes are fit for a barbarian

The first Europeans on Japanese soil were the Portuguese — a handful of passengers on a Chinese ship that got blown off course and washed ashore on Tanegashima, an island off the coast of current-day Kagoshima Prefecture in southern Kyushu, in 1543. For almost ...