Robbie Swinnerton

Robbie Swinnerton has been living, eating and writing about food in Tokyo for over 30 years. His column, Tokyo Food File, has run in The Japan Times since 1998.

For Robbie Swinnerton's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Tokyo eats the Amazon with Brazil's Alex Atala

Feb 26, 2016

Tokyo eats the Amazon with Brazil's Alex Atala

It’s a long way from the Amazon rain forest to downtown Tokyo, and even further when it comes to food — as diners discovered at two events organized by the Brazilian Embassy earlier this month. The official purpose was to mark the 120th anniversary ...

Ranjatai: Inventive yakitori in the backstreets of Jinbocho

Feb 19, 2016

Ranjatai: Inventive yakitori in the backstreets of Jinbocho

Chicken and charcoal are a classic combination: Morsels of meat carefully skewered and cooked over glowing coals until they’re tender, juicy and golden brown. Good yakitori is always a pleasure. At its very best it’s worth crossing the city for. And Ranjatai’s certainly belongs ...

The joy of eating Japan's traditional clay-pot cuisine

Jan 15, 2016

The joy of eating Japan's traditional clay-pot cuisine

It’s the autumn of 2013, and dusk falls over the historic Nagatani-en pottery works in the hills above the city of Iga, Mie Prefecture. As the employees finish their shifts and head home, the squat buildings fall quiet and dark — all except the ...