Quality rises above the menu scandals

| Nov 28, 2013

Quality rises above the menu scandals

Since the first Tokyo Michelin guide was published in autumn of 2007, the unveiling of each new edition has become one of the major events of the gastronomic calendar. Despite the initial indignation that a foreign tire company could dare to judge Japanese restaurants, ...

Sweet new fad pops up in Omohara

| Oct 31, 2013

Sweet new fad pops up in Omohara

Want to know what’s new and hot in the sweets world? Just head to “Omohara,” the district where the youth fashion of Harajuku intersects with the high-end consumer culture of Omotesando. You can spot the trends from a block away: Just look for the ...

A modern twist to traditional snacks

| Oct 3, 2013

A modern twist to traditional snacks

Nowhere is the intersection of Japanese food culture and style more obvious than in the genteel, refined world of wagashi. For centuries, Japanese confectioners, especially those associated with Kyoto and the rituals of the tea ceremony, have produced sweets of astounding intricacy and beauty. ...

Indie food mags develop a taste for Japan

| Aug 29, 2013

Indie food mags develop a taste for Japan

First sushi, then noodles; next sake and wagyū beef: The world’s fascination with Japanese cuisine shows no sign of abating. More and more people are writing about it, too, from travel buffs and visiting cooking experts to untold legions of foodie bloggers. Rarely, though, ...