Ubiquitously located within Japan, kaitenzushi, or conveyor-belt sushi joints, are something you can’t miss. A popular spot for a quick lunch, sushi here starts at as little as 100 yen a plate. Besides hand-shaped and rolled sushi, diners can also order various noodle dishes, tempura and sweets, depending on the location.
If you think tempura is just another fried food – think again. This quintessential Japanese cuisine dates back to the Edo Period (1603-1867) and is perhaps second only to sushi as Japan’s culinary contribution to the world.
Although the temperature stays relatively warm throughout the year, winter in Okinawa can be a little too chilly for beachgoers. So, it makes sense that many beaches on the island don’t open until the spring.
I was watching a local Japanese show with my parents one evening when I saw a piece on this cute place called Yucafe in Waki Town that made the most adorable cappuccinos. I wrote down the name and added it to my list of places to check out.
Ever since “washoku,” or traditional Japanese food, was designated an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2013, popular dishes and liquors like sushi, tempura, sukiyaki, sake, shochu and awamori — have been garnering a lot of international attention.
Winter is the time where there are more chances of getting sick than in any other seasons. This winter looks no less unforgiving with a very contagious variant of COVID-19 adding another obstacle to the already difficult season.
If you have sampled the traditional sweets of Japan, you might have been surprised how different the tastes – and ingredients that include sweet potatoes, sweet beans and rice - are from Western sweets.