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A Taste of the Mountains, a Taste of the Seasons: Sansai in Japan

A Taste of the Mountains, a Taste of the Seasons: Sansai in Japan

A long tradition of foraging has made a special place for a certain type of vegetable in Japan, known as sansai (山菜.) Sansai, or literally mountain vegetables, are particularly prized harbingers of spring. 

Yuzu (柚子): Sweet, Tart and Perfectly Imperfect - Japan's Most Popular Citrus Fruit

Yuzu (柚子): Sweet, Tart and Perfectly Imperfect - Japan's Most Popular Citrus Fruit

Of the over 40 varieties of citrus fruit available in Japan  there is one that has been prized for over a thousand years in Japan, and more recently around the world, and that is the yuzu.

More Than a Side Dish: A Brief Look at Rice in Japan

More Than a Side Dish: A Brief Look at Rice in Japan

One of the most essential parts of Japanese cuisine, and culture, is probably also one of its simplest: rice. White, fluffy, steaming, and sweet, rice finds its way into the Japanese diet in many ways.

Luxury to Convenience and Back Again: Unboxing the Complicated History of the Bento

Luxury to Convenience and Back Again: Unboxing the Complicated History of the Bento

When mentioning the topic of Japanese food there are probably a few things that immediately come to mind. Ramen, sushi, sashimi, tempura, soba, mochi. However, another Japanese culinary form that has grown in worldwide popularity in recent years is the bento.

Ham Carpaccio with Marinated Strawberries and Grapes

Ham Carpaccio with Marinated Strawberries and Grapes
Ham Carpaccio with Marinated Strawberries and Grapes

Simmered Chicken and Cabbage

Simmered Chicken and Cabbage
Simmered Chicken and Cabbage

Sautéed Pork with a Fresh Red Onion and Apple Vinegar Sauce

Sautéed Pork with a Fresh Red Onion and Apple Vinegar Sauce
Sautéed Pork with a Fresh Red Onion and Apple Vinegar Sauce

Natto Salad

Natto Salad
Natto Salad

Spring Pea Soup

Spring Pea Soup
Spring Pea Soup

Adzuki Tartines with Brown Rice Jam

Adzuki Tartines with Brown Rice Jam
Adzuki Tartines with Brown Rice Jam

Tomato Caprese Salad with Ginger Soy Dressing

Tomato Caprese Salad with Ginger Soy Dressing

Nothing says summer like a refreshing tomato caprese salad! Try this unique twist that combines Japanese ingredients and smoked island tofu with traditional ripe flavors.

The Rule of Five: Seasonal Buddhist Meals That Satisfy Our Five Tastes

The Rule of Five: Seasonal Buddhist Meals That Satisfy Our Five Tastes
The “rule of five”, satisfying all five tastes in a balanced meal, is at the heart of traditional Buddhist monk cuisine or shojin-ryori (精進料理).