Yukari Sakamoto

For Yukari Sakamoto's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Enjoying soba, udon and ramen — for breakfast?

| Nov 4, 2016

Enjoying soba, udon and ramen — for breakfast?

If eating noodles first thing in the morning doesn’t wake you up, the sound of other diners slurping certainly will. Soba buckwheat noodles and udon (chunky white wheat noodles) date back to the Nara (710-794) and Heian (794-1185) periods; ramen was introduced from China ...

Okayu: The Japanese alternative to porridge

| Sep 30, 2016

Okayu: The Japanese alternative to porridge

The thick rice porridge known as okayu has been eaten in Japan for around 1,000 years. However, the early versions were less watery — it wasn’t until the Edo Period (1603-1868) that the dish evolved into a semi-liquid dish. In the Kanto region it ...

The 'onigiri': Japan's perfect morning meal

| Sep 2, 2016

The 'onigiri': Japan's perfect morning meal

The humble onigiri is a sandwich-like rice ball with savory fillings that makes for a quick breakfast. Rounded out with miso soup, an omelet and some vegetables, it becomes a great morning meal. Its rich history can be dated back almost 2,000 years to ...

No reservations about eating in Tokyo

Nov 13, 2015

No reservations about eating in Tokyo

We arrive a little before the soba shop opens and wait in the rain. A waitress slides the door to one side and hangs up a noren, a traditional curtain used to indicate that a shop is open. She looks at us — two ...

| Jun 24, 2009

Stomach peko peko? Dig into these Japanese food words

One of the most enjoyable aspects of Japanese cuisine is how it stimulates the senses: exquisite presentation, delicious taste, enticing aroma, distinctive texture and unique sound. The last one stands out most in comparison with Western food culture. While the sounds involved in the ...

| May 20, 2009

Fish kanji help you hook the perfect meal

Japan is blessed with an abundance of fish — drawn from the deep ocean to the coastal shores, lakes, rivers and streams. Making yourself familiar with the many kanji for different species of fish helps you get by when you run into all this ...

| May 20, 2009

Fish kanji help you hook the perfect meal

Japan is blessed with an abundance of fish — drawn from the deep ocean to the coastal shores, lakes, rivers and streams. Making yourself familiar with the many kanji for different species of fish helps you get by when you run into all this ...