Business Sep 1, 2016

Bonito flake firm opens factory in France

Gourmets in Europe may soon taste a difference in dishes at local Japanese restaurants as the production of authentic katsuobushi — or dried bonito flakes, a crucial ingredient in Japanese cuisine — will shortly begin in France. Makurazaki France Katsuobushi Co., a company headquartered in ...

National Jul 29, 2014

Kyushu bonito makers set up shop in France

by Singh Supriya

A group of traditional "katsuobushi" dried bonito flake makers in Kyushu will set up a factory in France and start production next year, hoping to bring to Europe the the key ingredient for soup stock and dishes in Japanese cuisine. Participating in a food exhibition ...

Kagoshima and Hokkaido cities marry their foods

National Feb 19, 2014

Kagoshima and Hokkaido cities marry their foods

No shotgun necessary. In a friendly "arranged marriage," two cities — Makurazaki in Kagoshima Prefecture and Wakkanai in Hokkaido — united their local delicacies in a Shinto-style wedding ceremony at Izumo Shrine in Shimane Prefecture Wednesday. The union of dried kelp ("rishiri kombu") harvested from ...