Juiced for a citrus winter

| Jan 14, 2014

Juiced for a citrus winter

One of my favorite winter pastimes growing up was to snuggle under the futon covering a kotatsu (heated table), doing my homework or watching TV, as I methodically worked my way through a big bowl of Satsuma mikan, the little oval-shaped oranges that are ...

Demand booming for artisanal rice

| Nov 21, 2013

Demand booming for artisanal rice

Rice farmers in Japan are under siege. Heavily protected on various levels by the central government for decades, they’ve seen the market for their precious crop eroded by cheaper imported rice, and the administration of Shinzo Abe is proposing ending production-rationing and subsidies. It ...

Food tradition with a long shelf life

| Oct 24, 2013

Food tradition with a long shelf life

A type of speciality food store that has almost disappeared from the streets of Japan is the kanbutsu-ya (dried-foods store). These days we can get fresh produce all year round, but that wasn't the case before canning and refrigeration became widespread.

Translating Japan's top cooking site

| Aug 22, 2013

Translating Japan's top cooking site

The Internet isn’t all kitten videos and saucy stuff, you know. In Japan, food and cooking makes up a large part of the Net — and recipe-sharing site Cookpad is its biggest juggernaut. With 20 million users — including an astonishing 80 to 90 ...

Okinawans know how to beat the heat

| Jul 25, 2013

Okinawans know how to beat the heat

Now that most of Japan is in the midst of a hot, sweltering summer, it’s a good time to take a look at the traditional cuisine of a part of the country that lives with warm weather throughout the year: Okinawa. Okinawans are renowned ...

Watch your summer food pairings

| Jun 28, 2013

Watch your summer food pairings

I’ll never forget that day during the summer when I was 14. I’d been away in the Yatsugatake Mountains of Honshu with my schoolmates for a rinkan gakkō (a multi-day school trip to the countryside), and on the way back we’d stopped for lunch ...