Patissier Akihito Kakimoto has competed in the world's most prestigious chocolate competitions. But his path to the world of chocolate sculpture-making was anything but straightforward.
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An Irish reel set on a compilation CD of world music set in motion and obsession that led Haruaki Saito to Cork, Ireland.
It's Belgian-meets-Japanese for this collaborative four-hands meal organized by Arts Flanders Japan at Osaka's Rakushin.
A chance encounter with a schoolboy in Australia led a trained nurse to start teaching Japanese and then blog about Japanese food.
Masato and Midori Shirakawa honed their culinary skills in Italy. Now they're back in Kyoto running the cozy, innovative Il Garage.
With innovative presentation and casual-chic flair, Kyoto's Isoism is bringing tsukemono (Japanese pickle) techniques into the 21st century.
In a country famous for the longevity of its inhabitants — this year Japan's population of people age 100 or over topped 70,000 for the first time — Aomori Prefecture is an outlier. That's because Aomori consistently ranks bottom for average life expectancy for both ...
With more and more news coming out about the situation in China's Xinjiang region, a group of Uighurs worried about relatives living there open up about the toll it's taking on their lives in Japan
Midway through the 1800s, the English scientist Michael Faraday had the forethought to deliver a series of lectures on an object that was commonplace in Victorian Britain, as a way to get young minds hooked on science. He chose a candle. A century later, a newly ...
Working in the Japanese music industry, Naoko Takei Moore's job was to wine and dine famous artists. What she picked up from that was a desire to cook that took her to the United States.