Feb 12, 2014

Farm, marine exports up 22%, hit high in 2013

Exports of farm and marine products in 2013 surged by 22.4 percent to a record ¥550.6 billion on the back of growing demand in emerging Asian economies and the United States, the agriculture ministry said on Wednesday. The sharp rise can be attributed to ...

Kyoto has recipe for promoting food

Jan 3, 2014

Kyoto has recipe for promoting food

by Mie Sakamoto

Now that traditional Japanese cuisine has been added to UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage list, Japan is looking to train foreign chefs in the ways of “washoku” to promote proper worldwide appreciation of the culinary heritage. At the forefront is the cultural capital of Kyoto. Since ...

Japanese cuisine wins cultural heritage status

Dec 5, 2013

Japanese cuisine wins cultural heritage status

“Washoku” traditional Japanese cuisine has been added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list, raising the government’s hopes of enhancing its global recognition, attracting more foreign tourists and boosting exports of the country’s agricultural products. The government’s proposal was formally approved Wednesday at a meeting ...

Opening the kitchen to foreign chefs

Dec 3, 2013

Opening the kitchen to foreign chefs

by Tomohiro Osaki

As a foreigner aspiring to become a “washoku” (Japanese food) chef, South Korean student Seo Dong-young faces a dilemma. The 23-year-old student at a Tokyo culinary school wants to stay here and work after graduation, but unfortunately that isn’t an option. Legally speaking, he ...

Nov 2, 2013

Washoku as a cultural heritage

Coming this December, traditional Japanese cuisine, "washoku," is likely to be designated an Intangible Cultural Heritage if the voting by UNESCO goes as expected.