Richard Sunley

For Richard Sunley's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Second wave of 'washoku' wets London

Apr 17, 2014

Second wave of 'washoku' wets London

From small, independent “izakaya” and pop-up ramen bars to high-end Japanese fusion restaurants and takeaway sushi chains, Japanese food can increasingly be found all over London. While it is not yet as popular in Britain as in the United States or Asia — particularly ...

Sake popularity surging abroad but marketing needed

Jan 7, 2014

Sake popularity surging abroad but marketing needed

At a luxury hotel in an affluent corner of west London, Rajan Ragesamy, a certified sake sommelier based in the United Arab Emirates, raises a wooden mallet above his head in preparation to crack open a fresh barrel. With an almighty swing, he brings ...

Stolen Renoir illustrates police failure

Aug 7, 2013

Stolen Renoir illustrates police failure

A painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir sold in February at Sotheby’s auction house in London for a little more than £1 million (around ¥150 million). The price set no records and the work is not especially famous, but what has now made this sale notable ...

Britain needs Japan food show: chef

Mar 30, 2013

Britain needs Japan food show: chef

British chef Valentine Warner developed a taste for Japanese food at a younger age than most Europeans in his generation. Until he was 3, he lived in Japan while his father was the ambassador. After the family moved back home, his mother continued cooking ...

Ramen eateries catch on in London

Nov 28, 2012

Ramen eateries catch on in London

Ramen has finally begun to tickle the taste buds of hungry Britons in London. Despite the popularity of ramen around the world in cities such as New York and Paris, Britain has long suffered from a curious paucity of good ramen, particularly given the ...

Le Carre's spy classic hits big screen in Japan

Apr 11, 2012

Le Carre's spy classic hits big screen in Japan

Set in 1970s Britain, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” which will be released in cinemas in Japan later this month, is based on the book of the same name by John le Carre centering on George Smiley, a retired spy who is called back by ...