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

by Tomohiro Osaki

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

by J.J. O'Donoghue

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 ...

Japan's food diversity key theme at Milan expo

Apr 28, 2015

Japan's food diversity key theme at Milan expo

by Kayo Mimizuka

Most people would think of sushi, tempura and ramen when it comes to Japanese food, but advocates of the nation’s cuisine say its culinary culture has many more unique dimensions. Now this diversity will be on display for six months when the northern Italian ...

Traditional dried daikon bound for Milan expo

| Apr 20, 2015

Traditional dried daikon bound for Milan expo

Kanboshi daikon, radish preserved using a traditional freeze-dried technique from the town of Kamioka in Hida, Gifu Prefecture, will be showcased in Expo Milano 2015, the next Universal Exhibition to be held in Milan, Italy, from May 1 to Oct. 31. The daikon will ...

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 ...