George Guttridge-Smith brews tea at Kyoto Obubu Tea Farm in Wazuka, Kyoto Prefecture, where he serves as head of international development.
LIFE / Food & Drink
May 13, 2024
Is black the new green for Japan’s flagging tea farmers?
With coffee and bottled tea cutting into their potential profits, harvesters in Japan are dabbling in the less-regulated production of black tea.
The original recipe for a "toast sandwich" has the added option of cold cuts, though the dish has since been reimagined with bone marrow and other lavish ingredients.
LIFE / Food & Drink / The Recipe Box
May 12, 2024
Recipe: Japanese bread sandwich (yes, really)
This is not a sandwich made between slices of toast, nor is it a toasted sandwich.
The Kioke Summit on Shodoshima has seen a steady rise in participants from dozens in its early days 12 years ago and about 100 in 2019 to more than 600 this past February.
LIFE / Food & Drink
May 8, 2024
On Japan’s island of olives, age-old shoyu secrets survive
Each Kioke Summit features many activities including a "kioke" auction — shoyu fermentation barrels that fetch anywhere from ¥60,000 to ¥450,000.
Enamored with Japanese cuisine, Xander Soren sought to create the perfect Pinot Noir to suit the country's most common flavors.
LIFE / Food & Drink / Kanpai Culture
May 7, 2024
A Californian Pinot Noir bred for the Japanese table
In November, a former Apple employee launched Xander Soren Wines and its Pinot vintages exclusively in Japan.
Mustard can be found up and down Japan-based cuisines, but it's rarely a component in American macaroni and cheese.
LIFE / Food & Drink / The Recipe Box
May 5, 2024
Recipe: Mac ‘n’ spicy cheese
This recipe raises the stakes of the American classic of macaroni and cheese with Japanese mustard.
When chef Ryohei Ikemi moved to Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, and opened Casa del Cibo in 2011, it was the first proper Italian restaurant in the city.
Casa del Cibo: A thriving jewel born from Tohoku’s harsh past
Chef Ryohei Ikemi will open dinner with a warming soup featuring vegetables from Aomori's Lake Towada and close with a local Kyogoku apple gelato.
Making your own sarada chikin is quite easy and economical, and a marinating ingredient that makes it especially tender and juicy is "shiokōji" — cooked rice inoculated with Aspergillus oryzae mold.
Recipe: Japan’s diet-friendly ‘salad chicken’
You can add whatever herbs or seasonings you like to the marinade for a personalized, healthy dish.


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan