traditional food

Sakuramochi is a Must-Try in April to Boost your Hanami Experience

April heralds a new beginning in Japan as the new academic and financial year kicks off. In the old lunar calendar (kyuureki), this month is called Uzuki (卯月), which has a number of interpretations as to how the name came about or what it means. The most widely accepted explanation is that April is the…

Wagashi Calendar: Yakuyoke Manju in February

February, being in the midst of winter, is typically a cold month when people are decked out in thick coats wherever they venture outdoors. Kisaragi (如月), the name for this month in the kyuureki, reflects this fact as it is a homonym of the term 衣更着 which means to put on additional clothes in this…

Looks can be Deceiving But Not with Japanese Cuisine: What You See is What You Get

Have you ever seen food on a television commercial or on a restaurant menu that looked delicious based on its presentation, but ended up being a disappointment in both presentation and taste? If so, then you know all too well how frustrating such an experience can be and I have found that most (keyword “most”)…

Wasabi Lovers, Test Your Knowledge with these 6 Interesting Facts!

As Romeo is not complete without Juliet, sushi is surely not complete without wasabi. This famous green paste which gives everything a pungent flavor leaves people either loving or hating it. Wasabi is usually served as a side dish alongside ginger. Regardless of how you feel about wasabi, here are some facts that may find…

Mochi: Japan’s Dangerously Delicious New Year’s Treat

Unless you actually live here, you may not have encountered the staple Japanese New Year’s dish – Mochi! Subsequently, you may also not know that this food is not only delicious but occasionally deadly (but not as much as Fugu)! Let’s explore this wonderfully dangerous dish. What is it? jp.fotolia.com/ Mochi is pounded rice cakes…

Try These Delicious Michelin-Worthy Takoyaki Balls at Aizuya!

While Michelin stars are commonly awarded to world-renowned fine dining restaurants and hotels, the recently released 2016 Michelin Guide contains several restaurants in Japan that feature B-Gourmet or B-class foods. One of the many B-class restaurants featured by Michelin for their 2016 guide is Aizuya—a restaurant that specializes in takoyaki in the Kansai region. Aizuya:…

Traditional Japanese Cooking As Taught by the Drama “Osen”

“Wait! Let’s take a photo before we eat!” Taking a photo of food and uploading it on a social media seems to be a norm for a lot of girls nowadays. The prettier the food or menu looks, the more ‘likes’ we receive. However, as the outsiders, we may not know that the cooking methods…

Experience Japanese Tradition and Pound Some Fresh Mochi this December!

While there are dozens of mochi specialty shops throughout Japan which are almost made with the help of machines, you should know what was the traditional labor intensive way of making – or to make it specific – pounding mochi! Tradition   Mochi is Japanese rice cake. Mochitsuki is a traditional Japanese ceremony to make…

Kick-Start Your Day with Breakfast the Traditional Japanese Way!

Breakfast, the meal of champions! What you eat for your first meal sets the tone for the rest of the day. Cereal is great and all and so is yogurt. If you really want to live Nippon style, go for a traditional Japanese-style breakfast. Traditional Japanese breakfast includes a few essential elements: White Sticky Rice…