Mar 7, 2016

Yayoi debuts first U.S. 'teishoku' eatery in Palo Alto

Japanese restaurant chain operator Plenus Co. on Friday opened its first Yayoi-brand store in the United States, offering teishoku set meals in Palo Alto, California. Plenus, which is headquartered in Fukuoka, aims to expand its U.S. footprint to offer authentic teishoku amid a boom ...

Zen cuisine offers food for thought in Milan

Oct 25, 2015

Zen cuisine offers food for thought in Milan

Vegan cuisine from a Zen Buddhist temple in Japan was sampled Saturday at the Japan Pavilion in the food-themed world exposition in Milan. Ryuju Muramatsu from Eiheiji in Fukui Prefecture, one of the Soto Zen school’s two head temples, demonstrated how to make one ...

Ministry looks to issue 'black belts' in Japanese cuisine

Jul 2, 2015

Ministry looks to issue 'black belts' in Japanese cuisine

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry plans to establish a system to certify chefs who cook Japanese food abroad. The system will grade chefs on their cooking skills, sanitary knowledge and understanding of food culture and issue “dan” ranks like martial arts schools do ...

Consumers worldwide most impressed by Japan's robotics

Jun 22, 2015

Consumers worldwide most impressed by Japan's robotics

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When people around the world think of what Japan does best, robot technology tops the list, beating out anime and washoku Japanese cuisine, according to a survey by advertising giant Dentsu. This year’s “Japan Brand” survey by Dentsu Inc. points to growing international interest ...

The dog days of cooking

May 22, 2015

The dog days of cooking

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Here’s a recipe for ambiguity: Cooking with dog. Could it literally mean, cooking a dog? How about cooking for canines? Or, is it some weird code for cooking fetishes somewhere on the deep Web? Lucky for us (and the dogs), “Cooking with Dog” is ...