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Wappado by Mora Chartrand
Aug15

Wappado by Mora Chartrand

By Mora Chartrand, the Foodies’ Foodie Wappado, a haven for those who yearn for a meal that expresses the terroir of the northern Kyoto countryside. Ōhara, a sleepy, agricultural hamlet just outside of Kyoto, is best known to visitors as the home of Jakko-in and Sanzenin temples, among others. It’s hard to match the rural beauty of this area, especially in the autumn. Ōhara is also well known for its fields of red shiso (赤ジソ) that is...

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HAMAGURI-YA by Akemi Koyama
Aug15

HAMAGURI-YA by Akemi Koyama

HAMAGURI-YA (Hitachinaka City, IBARAGI)   Restaurant in Hitachinaka city serves only one special prix fixe Hamaguri meal.  Hamaguri is a clam, I mean a huge clam that is a size of the palm of a hand. I stopped with friends at Hamaguri-ya on the way to Fukushima from Haneda airport.  It was a pleasant ride with an ocean view, driving along the coast line of Ibaragi Prefecture. This unique restaurant is located next to Hitachi National...

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Japanese food & Sake by Mora Chartrand-Grant
Aug04

Japanese food & Sake by Mora Chartrand-Grant

March, 2009 The foodie’s foodie, Mora Chartrand-Grant, shares about her donabe. Steve Beimel: Mora—So you finally bought a donabe??? Mora Chartrand-Grant: Yes, and I’m really proud of it. I always come back from Japan with yet another piece of rustic Japanese pottery to add to our home collection, which I regularly use in the kitchen…the crustier and grittier the better. I first spotted the donabe on...

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A Taste of Culture by Elizabeth Andoh
Jun12

A Taste of Culture by Elizabeth Andoh

May, 2016 A Taste of Culture Newsletter: BAMBOO WORDS © Copyright, 2016.  All rights reserved by Elizabeth Andoh. Dear friends, colleagues and those who have expressed an interest in the FOOD & CULTURE of Japan:   Bamboo Words Ta ké no ko Kotoba たけのこ言葉   Bamboo shoots inspire culinary creativity at table… and provide semantic fun in conversation. Here are five quirky, linguistic manifestations of Takénoko:     Takénoko...

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SWEET NOTHING
Jul20

SWEET NOTHING

SWEET NOTHING By Lauren Deutsch ……….. Tea Sweets for the Way of Tea [From an article published in the mid-1990's, in Steve Beimel's now-retired journal, The Kyoto Diary.] Question: Which of these does not belong? (a) Earth. (b) Metal. (c) Fire. (d) Water. (e) Air. (f) Wood. (g) Beans. (h) Rice Answer: They're all basic elements in the alchemy of chanoyu, the Japanese tea ritual. The first six are the...

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Japanese mushrooms

  Noted Japanese culture expert Risa Sekiguchi introduces us to an important ingredient in Japanese food.                         .                             .                                   .                         .                                 . Enoki The delicate, white, long and slender enoki mushroom is almost as popular as the shiitake mushroom. The variety available in the West is creamy white, with stems as thin as...

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