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.
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Like many Japanese holidays, June's traditions —himuro no sechie and summer solstice — revolve around the changing of the seasons. However, this month is ultimately about celebrating community and sharing the bounty.
Whether used in soup, stir fried, served cold or as part of a nabe hot pot menu, udon noodles are ubiquitous in Japanese food culture. But before we delve any deeper, you may be wondering: What exactly is udon?
Wasabi is making its way out of Japan and becoming a part of modern day cuisines all over the globe. Learn about the interesting history of Wasabi and how it is also good for your health.
Once one of the five annual holidays held in Japan's imperial court, Tango no Sekku happens annually on May 5, the fifth day of the fifth month. In modern times, it is known as Children’s Day, or Kodomo no hi.
From deliciously fatty and rare bluefin to meaty ahi like yellowfin, highly diverse maguro is the perfect fish to use in a variety of Japanese recipes. Whether you want sashimi or steaks, there's a tuna for you!
The history of the Japanese baikingu is a fascinating one, but the real appeal is the delicious food. Luckily, it isn't hard to try one of these all-you-can-eat buffets for yourself at a Japanese hotel or Japanese-American restaurant!
Each spring, the Japanese eagerly anticipate hanami. Literally translated as “looking at flowers,” hanami celebrates the delicate pink flowers' fleeting beauty. People of all sects picnic under the blooming trees, enjoying Japanese drinks and food.
Need to build your washoku repertoire but don't know where to start? Well, here you go. We've assembled a list of our top five favorites to get you started.
Although March is still cold throughout much of Japan and you may even see some snow, it marks the true beginning of spring. Two major holidays, Hinamatsuri and Higan, make it a festive time well worth celebrating—whatever the weather may be.