Tohoku brewers: 'Drink without restraint!'

Apr 8, 2011

Tohoku brewers: 'Drink without restraint!'

Last weekend, fifth-generation sake brewery owner Kosuke Kuji of Nanbu Bijin delivered an earnest plea to the public on behalf of sake producers in the Tohoku region: “We’d be sincerely grateful if people would continue to have hanami parties (this year).” In response to ...

Second Harvest rallies support for Tohoku

Apr 1, 2011

Second Harvest rallies support for Tohoku

By 9 a.m. on Thursday morning, March 24, several delivery trucks have deposited boxes of emergency supplies in front of the Taito Ward, Tokyo warehouse of Second Harvest Japan, a charity-based food bank. Ever since the Tohoku-Kanto earthquake, which brought with it a terrifying ...

Kanto area works on energy conservation

Mar 17, 2011

Kanto area works on energy conservation

On Monday evening, customers at a Starbucks cafe in Tokyo’s Nakano ward sipped their lattes in the glow of a single row of lamps and a handful of small, battery-powered tea lights. Such scenes have become common in Tokyo as people across the Kanto ...

Escaping the city to get much more down to earth

Dec 16, 2010

Escaping the city to get much more down to earth

Outside of Tokyo, at the tiny organic farm Nahual Garden in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, a group of young professionals swap packets of seeds and horticultural advice over cups of freshly brewed lemongrass tea. During the week, they work in a variety of fields — ...

Worlds of Flavor conference adds Japan to its menu

Nov 18, 2010

Worlds of Flavor conference adds Japan to its menu

Japan’s ailing economy may lack the impact it once had on global finance, but there’s one area of influence where the country’s significance is on the rise: the world of gastronomy. Earlier this month, a team of 39 top-tier Japanese chefs wowed an international ...

Pairing tips from the sake experts

| Oct 22, 2010

Pairing tips from the sake experts

What kinds of foods pair well with sake? The obvious answer is Japanese, but, as sake continues to expand abroad, industry professionals and consumers alike are discovering a whole new world of pairing possibilities for the brew. At the sake specialty shop Sakaya, in ...

World's top chefs forage locally for inspiration

Oct 7, 2010

World's top chefs forage locally for inspiration

Earlier this September, chef Yoshihiro Narisawa of the Michelin-starred restaurant Les Creations de Narisawa, in the Aoyama district of Tokyo, joined 15 of the world’s top chefs to make dinner in Levi, Lapland, 170 km above the Arctic Circle. Wandering ankle-deep in a plush ...

U.S. sake lovers spread some joy

| Aug 27, 2010

U.S. sake lovers spread some joy

For the first time ever, The Joy of Sake, the biggest sake tasting soiree outside of Japan, will bring its American brand of culture-crossing conviviality to Japan. On Nov. 2, the event, which originated in Hawaii, will be celebrating its anniversary in Tokyo. “It’s ...

Fresh vegetables in heart of the city

Jul 29, 2010

Fresh vegetables in heart of the city

O n Saturdays and Sundays, a small group of vendors sets up stalls filled with fresh vegetables and fruit outside the Kotsu Kaikan Building, a shopping complex in front of Yurakucho Station, in central Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward. The Kotsu Kaikan Marche, which started in ...