Tag: japanese-food

Japan’s Special Holiday Foods Chirashi zushi and hamaguri no osuimono image

Japan has a rich array of annual events and festivities that are celebrated through the seasons, each with their own special traditions, and each with their own special foods. In this article we are going to look at some of Japan’s most important seasonal foods, and examine their significance.

‘Motsu-nabe’, a classic winter dish for engineers Photo of Motsunabe Japanese winter dish

Have you ever tried motsu-nabe (lit. ’organ pot’)? It’s a bit of a Japanese favourite. I think it’s surprisingly little-known outside Japan, so I’m going to introduce it today. Motsu-nabe is actually a good dish for both the health and performance of a busy engineer. Nabe dishes are a classic of Japanese winters. It’s the […]

Seaweed, the superfood of Japan Seaweed, the superfood of Japan image

The health benefits of eating seaweed regularly are now well known, but just as the English-speaking world is waking up to them, we are being told that the traditional diet and consumption of seaweed in Japan are “on the decline” as people turn to more “westernized” food.

The Origins of Japanese Icons: Part 1 The Origins of Japanese Icons: Part 1

Like most countries, Japan has quite a few things (including, in this case, its fairly unusual language) that a lot of people immediately associate with it, both in Japan and abroad.

How to Get a Good, Fast Meal in Japan: Part 2 Fast Meal - Soba

In part 2 of this miniseries, we’ll continue to explore Japan’s options for a cheap, fast and good meal. This time we’ll look at what might be less familiar to someone visiting for the first time. We’ll pick up with the list where we left off before, with food from supermarkets and convenience stores, before […]

How to Get a Good, Fast Meal in Japan 1 Fast Meal - Gyudon

When it comes to food, a lot of people come to Japan with certain expectations that, honestly, make sense in most of the world. Things like, for example: ‘good, fast or cheap, pick one or maybe two’.