Tag - fermentation



Even if you’re unfamiliar with 'kōji' by name, chances are you’ve been consuming it for a while.
LIFE / Food & Drink / The Recipe Box
Feb 18, 2024
Recipe: Dry rub to jump down the ‘kōji’ rabbit hole
On the eve of a major gathering of Aspergillus oryzae aficionados, here’s a ‘kōji’ recipe to get you started on your own adventure with the magical mold.
A field study by elementary school students takes place in the Izawa River basin in Shiso, Hyogo Prefecture.
LIFE / Travel
Dec 24, 2023
Unveiling Shiso, a hidden gem of nature and coexistence
With 90% of its area covered by forest, the Hyogo city boasts picturesque streams and a bounty of access points to refreshing natural spring water.
Japan Times
Apr 2, 2023
Shizen: Firewood, ferments and finesse in backstreet Shibuya
Chef Yu Kunisue's dual passions of wood-fired cooking and fermented exploration come to delightful fruition.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jan 23, 2023
Why Japan's favorite fermented paste may hold the key to a low-carbon diet
The ancient art of fermentation, an essential part of Japanese cuisine, is helping reduce the environmental impact of the food we eat today, and will eat in the future.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Nov 13, 2022
The Americans going where no miso has gone before
Eleana Hsu and Kevin Gondo don't just break the rules with their homemade miso and shoyu — they create their own.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Feb 22, 2022
Kojicon shines the spotlight on a staple of Japanese cooking
Home fermentation became a popular pastime among budding cooks during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Destination Restaurants 2021
Jul 17, 2021
Tonoya Yo: Japan's fermentation fundamentals, made modern
Chef, brewmaster and hotelier Yotaro Sasaki takes locally grown Tono rice and traditional fermented fare to new culinary heights.
Japan Times
Mar 20, 2021
Hakko Department: Set meals showcase the breadth of Japan’s fermented foods
It's easy to take Japan's wealth of fermented foods for granted. Hakko Department puts them front and center.
Japan Times
Jul 11, 2020
‘Koji Alchemy’: Fermentation enthusiasts are making mold magic
“Koji Alchemy” delves into the significance of ku014dji — Japan's semiofficial “national mold” — and demystifies making and cooking with it at home.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jun 6, 2020
One man’s journey to perfect homemade nattō
During Week 1 of stay-at-home orders in Chicago, I ordered beer from a local craft brewery. By Week 9, I was making nattu014d (fermented soybeans) at home.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Dec 7, 2019
The fermentation power of kōji, Japanese food's secret ingredient
If Japanese food culture were pared down to its fundamental elements, the ingredient that might embodies them best is kome ku014dji (rice inoculated with Aspergillus oryzae).
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Cultivating Craft
Feb 2, 2019
From one keg to 1,000, Baird Beer is still growing
For Baird Brewing, perseverance and the cultivation of a loyal fan base has made it a rarity in Japanese craft beer: a truly independent brewery. Lacking the shelter of a parent company, it has created a line of taprooms to spread its concept of craft beer and hospitality.
Japan Times
Oct 24, 2015
Preserving the Japanese Way: A guide to traditional fermentation and culture in Japan
Nancy Singleton Hachisu, a local slow food advocate and writer for The Japan Times, has released her newest cookbook, "Preserving the Japanese Way," which follows the winning formula of her first book, "Japanese Farm Food."
Japan Times
May 29, 2015
Searching Kyoto for the holy grail of Japanese rice vinegar


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals