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Seaweed: Japan's Underwater Superfood

Seaweed: Japan's Underwater Superfood

Seaweed has long been a staple food in Japanese diets. In recent years there has been a boom in interest in seaweed, many touting it as a “superfood,” a fact long known by Japanese people. Here's an in-depth look at some of the varieties of “sea vegetable".

Shichimi: The Seven Spice Blend of Japan

Shichimi: The Seven Spice Blend of Japan

Shichimi togarashi, or simply shichimi, means “seven-flavor chili pepper". It's a Japanese spice blend made typically from a combination of coarsely ground red chili pepper, ground Japanese sanshō pepper, roasted citrus peel, black sesame seeds, white sesame seeds, ground ginger, and nori, or seaweed, and served on noodles and hot pot dishes.

PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT: Yamamasa Koyamaen - The Ancient Artistry of Premium Uji Matcha

PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT: Yamamasa Koyamaen - The Ancient Artistry of Premium Uji Matcha

Founded as a tea farm in the Edo period about 400 years ago, Yamamasa Koyamaen continues to be recognized as one of the most famous and trustworthy brands of matcha across Japan.

Everything You Need to Know about Health Benefit of Matcha: 6 Reasons Why Matcha is Healthy

Everything You Need to Know about Health Benefit of Matcha: 6 Reasons Why Matcha is Healthy
Matcha is made from the entire leaf of the green tea plant and therefore has more beneficial plant compounds, nutrients and minerals than green tea. Give your days some zest by incorporating this amazing tea into them!

 Too “Matcha” Fun: Sampling Matcha in Different Forms

 Too “Matcha” Fun: Sampling Matcha in Different Forms

The way you enjoy your matcha is up to youーeither as a drink or as a savory dish! Explore, experience, and enjoy!

Matcha vs Sencha vs Green Tea: What are the Differences?

Matcha vs Sencha vs Green Tea: What are the Differences?
You've likely heard of matcha and sencha and know that they're a type of green tea, but you may not know the how they differ (as it turns out, quite a bit!). We're here to uncover the similarities and differences with the help of our friend, Kei Nishida, author and founder and CEO of Japanese Green Tea Company

Dashi: The Essence of Japanese Cuisine

Dashi: The Essence of Japanese Cuisine

The ubiquity of dashi (だし出汁in Japanese cuisine goes to show how versatile of an ingredient it is. Dashi is the main stock of choice and can be made from several ingredients: kombu (dried kelp), katsuobushi (dried skipjack/bonito tuna flakes, iriko or niboshi (dried anchovies or sardines), and dried shiitake mushrooms.

Hosoku Nagaku: A Long, Thin Life in Noodles

Hosoku Nagaku: A Long, Thin Life in Noodles
Japan has many New Year’s traditions involving food and I was fortunate enough to experience several of them while living there. Although I find myself craving freshly pounded mochi and boxes of osechi as New Year’s Day approaches, there is one dish that is simple to prepare and easily at hand: toshikoshi soba (年越し蕎麦)

One Day as a Scallop Farmer: The good, the smelly, and the yummy!

One Day as a Scallop Farmer: The good, the smelly, and the yummy!

I have no experience doing anything with scallops except eating them. After visiting Hokkaido, the northernmost prefecture in Japan, to a tiny town called Yakumo, I can now confidently call myself the “best worst amatuer” in scallop farming.

Shio Koji: The Secret Weapon In Japanese Cuisine Is Simple, Versatile and Alive!

Shio Koji: The Secret Weapon In Japanese Cuisine Is Simple, Versatile and Alive!
Kōji is the powerful little microbe responsible for many Japanese foods including miso, mirin, shōyu, and sake. It's an extremely versatile ingredient and an integral part of Japanese cuisine.

Washoku: Japanese Cuisine

Washoku: Japanese Cuisine

Washoku is Japan’s unique culinary identity and traditionally focuses on achieving harmony, both in the pairing of ingredients and the creation of a harmonious eating experience. It is in this emphasis on harmony that some of the foundational elements of washoku can be best understood.

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.