To wrap up, a smorgasbord of articles, with something to tickle the taste buds of even the most discerning foodie:
- In the past few decades, hunting wild animals has made a comeback in Japan, and jibie (as it’s known in Nihongo) is finding its way onto upscale tables across the country. Russell Thomas investigates how Japan got back into its game.
- New research warns that produce once billed as healthy can wreak havoc on the body if over-consumed: garlic, nattō — wait, what? Meanwhile, canned goods and adzuki beans are flying off the shelves amid the pandemic, notes Mark Schreiber in Big in Japan.
- It’s time to drop those convenience store onigiri and make some space for the best rice balls in town, as Thomas goes in search of the top 5 onigiri/omusubi experiences in Tokyo.
- In 20 Questions, Gizem Sakamaki explains to Louise George Kittaka the idea behind Foodie Adventure Japan. “The goal is to embrace all foodies and help every traveler enjoy one of the world’s most lauded cuisines like a local,” whatever their dietary rules.
- Bringing a new twist to the idea of “an ice-cold Coke,” researchers recently held a welcome-back ceremony in Tokyo for a half-century-old can of Coca-Cola and some ancient Lotte’s Cool Mint found frozen in time near Japan’s Antarctic research base.