Jan 17, 2015

Washoku vying with fast food

On the one hand, Japan has a rich culinary tradition of unique, world-renowned cuisine. On the other is the free-market system of fast-food consumption. Which direction will Japanese choose in the future?

Tokyo retains world gourmet crown, with most Michelin starred restaurants

Dec 5, 2014

Tokyo retains world gourmet crown, with most Michelin starred restaurants

Tokyo kept its crown as the Michelin guide’s gourmet capital with the most starred restaurants for an eight straight year, in the first guide released since UNESCO listed “washoku” (traditional Japanese cuisine) as an “intangible cultural heritage.” Among the establishments that gained three-star ratings in ...

Warm up over a shared hot pot

| Nov 18, 2014

Warm up over a shared hot pot

by Makiko Itoh

What comes to mind when you think of convivial home-cooked family meals? In Japan, the answer is usually nabe, or hot-pot cooking. A large communal pot is placed in the center of the dinner table on a portable burner, bubbling with a flavorful broth, ...

Holiday gifts they'll cherish from cover to cover

Nov 15, 2014

Holiday gifts they'll cherish from cover to cover

As the holiday season rolls around, it’s time to dash about in a mad panic in search of gifts that say “I’ve given this one some thought, honest.” Or you can just let us do the thinking for you, with gift suggestions from our ...

JETRO to set up branch in Kyoto to promote culture

Nov 14, 2014

JETRO to set up branch in Kyoto to promote culture

Now that “washoku,” traditional Japanese cuisine has been added to UNESCO’s Cultural Heritage list, the Japan External Trade Organization said Friday it will establish a branch in Kyoto aimed at popularizing Japan from the seat of the country’s traditional culture. JETRO President Satoshi Miyamoto ...