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What Makes Katsuobushi Dried Bonito Invaluable -205/02/2018

TOKYO – So what exactly is dried bonito, anyway? Most Japanese people know shavings of dried bonito. But, the exact definition of it is not fully known, even in Japan. “If you want to call the products ‘katsuobushi,’ it must be well-simmered fi…



What Makes Katsuobushi Dried Bonito Invaluable -104/26/2018

TOKYO – Until about 40 years ago in Japan, every family had a dried bonito (katsuobushi) shaver. The bonito fish is a relative of the tuna, and is dried to a wood-like consistency. In the past, even the children of the home would grip the hard …



Why are They Turning Back to Traditional Japanese Food? -204/15/2018

CHIBA – Tohoku University conducted an interesting experiment in 2016 that indicates a notable change in Japanese diet. Each of two groups of participants ate from different menus three times a day for about a month. The first group ate from a …



Why are They Turning Back to Traditional Japanese Food? -104/04/2018

CHIBA – At Italian restaurant Comesta in Chiba Prefecture, you will see some unique items on the menu. “Pescatore a la Edo,” “Pomodoro, Edomae Style,” “Soy Sauce Mash and Fine Strips of Leek on Kiln-fired Pizza” are just some of them. “Edo” ref…



What’s Special About True Rice Wine? -208/19/2017

CHIBA – Mirin is used for more than just daily cooking. It has a sacred meaning too. January 1st in Japan is a special day to celebrate the beginning of the new year. People used to have the custom of toso, New Year’s ceremonial cup of alcohol.…



What’s Special About True Rice Wine? -108/03/2017

CHIBA -Teriyaki is a well-known and popular cooking style in the world. You are probably familiar with teriyaki burgers and teriyaki sauce. The secret of teriyaki’s sweet taste is the golden combination of shoyu soy sauce and sweet rice wine called m…





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