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, ...

Light bites of every flavor in Tokyo

| Aug 15, 2013

Light bites of every flavor in Tokyo

Tokyo has seen more and more restaurants recently open with the express purpose of offering casual, light bites, rather than elaborate full-course meals. Close to home is fine, as long as we can nibble and graze, ordering a dish or two at a time, ...

Chocolate gelato at its most intense

| Aug 1, 2013

Chocolate gelato at its most intense

Who eats chocolate in summer? Very few people who I know. It’s not just that chocolate bars melt in seconds: The taste can seem too heavy and the texture too cloying. It simply doesn’t seem to suit Japan’s muggy heat. But there’s one exception ...