One of Japan's three major holiday seasons, August features two important cultural traditions: Hassaku No Iwai and Obon. The former is born from agricultural heritage, and the latter, Buddhist rituals.
Category - Summer
In Japan, cooking fresh food in season ensures great taste and nutrition in every meal. In the month of August, many Japanese dishes feature tomatoes and corn, which are healthy and delicious, and can be prepared in many different ways.
Cooking Japanese food using fresh herbs and vegetables in season results in flavorful, fresh and healthy dishes. In the month of July, edamame and shiso are both in season in Japan, and can be used in a variety of tasty dishes!
Discover Japanese fusion cuisine -- including sushi pasta and Nikkei -- this summer by visiting the international culinary destinations of Portonovo, Italy, and Lima, Peru.
July brings two significant holidays to Japan: Tanabata and Doyo No Ushi No Hi. One celebrates the fated reunion of two stars, while the other has less epic origins—but equally delicious food traditions.
Eating cold noodles can be a great option to beat the heat of summer. Whether you drain and chill your noodles on a zaru or experiment with unique ingredients that add color and flavor, you won't be disappointed with these cool Japanese noodles!
The Tanabata Festival comes once a year. However, you can enjoy its traditional cuisine anytime with delicious, cold somen noodles. With a variety of options for decorations, the possibilities are as numerous as the stars.
This refreshing drink is sure to quench your thirst and make you reach for another. From its health and beauty benefits to the way it can be used in a number of delicious cocktails, Japanese yuzu is the fruit to enjoy this summer!