horse meat (basashi)

Yokobachi – Top Restaurant for a Local Kumamoto–Style Meal

Whether you’re in Kumamoto as a resident or a tourist, trying the local food should be top of your to-do list. Each region in Japan has its own specialist dishes, and Kumamoto has some particularly delectable treats to try out. If you want an authentic experience of eating traditional, local food, check out the popular…

3 Gourmet Dishes From Kumamoto, Japan Perfect to Eat Throughout the Year

Kumamoto (熊本) is a city on the Japanese island of Kyushu (九州), popular for its mountains, hot springs, and gardens. It is the capital city of Kumamoto Prefecture (熊本県) which is also known for its castle. The city feels like a large neighborhood where people can stroll around and visit historic and scenic sites. Besides…

Top 7 Weird Japanese Foods to Try/Avoid!

Visitors to Japan often have a short list of delicious foods they want to check out on arrival – but what about those oh-so-local foods that might not make it onto the hit list? Japan is famous for sushi and sashimi, but let’s take a look at some of the lesser known delicacies that you…

5 Unique Japanese Dishes that You Can Try

Japanese food has always been recognized as one of the World’s Greatest Cuisines. Though there are also more complex cuisines, nothing matches Japan’s culinary aesthetics. What’s not to love about Japanese food? From the delicate preparation to the sophisticated cooking and presentation, food lovers definitely enjoy the taste of the Japanese gastonomic culture. Of course,…

What is Sakuraniku Meat?

When you hear the word “Sakuraniku”, you must be thinking of some flowers right? No, it has nothing to do with the Sakura blossoms. Actually “Sakuraniku” is Horse meat. Because of the color of the meat, it is named like that. “Niku” means meat in Japanese. This might sound a bit harsh to some readers,…