Heartlands: Local gems in the overlooked periphery of Tokyo
In Japan, the first auction of the year at the Tokyo Fisher Market always draws people’s attention because of the astronomical prices.
In Japan, diners will find plenty of places to try “yoshoku,” a Japanese take on French, Italian or Spanish dishes.
Tucked away in Kanazawa, a beautiful, large castle city where history and elegance meet, Omicho Market has been at the center of the town’s food culture for over 300 years.
It’s lunchtime and you’re looking for something quick and cheap to eat. But you have your eyes and mind set on either a big bowl of noodles, a hamburger, or curry and rice.
In Japan, before you eat a meal, you say “itadakimasu” to express appreciation for those who cooked the food.
When considering the quintessential dish of Tokyo, it would be heretical to not place Kanda Yabu Soba’s kamo-nanban soba on the shortlist.
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.
The tiny dish of tsukemono (“pickles”) that appears as part of every meal in Japan is not just an afterthought.
Spring is here. A time for cherry blossoms, baseball and, in Japan, eating wild plants from the mountainside.
“Umeboshi” is a very sour pickle made by fermenting plums. You will see umeboshi in Japanese lunch or bento boxes sold in the super market.
In the West it’s common practice for men and women to exchange gifts on February 14th. But in Japan, women are the ones to make the first move.
When the breeze turned crisp and the windows of my Japanese grandmother’s home began to drip with condensation, it was a strong indication that my family would be feasting on our favorite “inaka recipe” for dinner.
With Japan's winter a season of cold, dry weather with much of the nation experiencing snowfall, it's the perfect time for sipping hot sake, relaxing in an outdoor hot spring and chowing down on a variety of special dishes!