Welcome to the rural Japanese kitchen, which is the essence and heart of the home in rural Japan. It is far more than just a place to prepare the family meals.
Wagashi has a variety of shapes and kinds instead of being standard goods because each wagashi is made by hand, reflecting a person's creativity and imagination.
In the Tama region of Tokyo prefecture is a town called Hinode-machi (which means city of sunrise). If it weren't for just one famous retreat, this place would be just yet another mountain town with temples, forests, good food and onsens.
I’ve spent four years of my life working part time at a kitchen appliances store, selling and explaining Japanese rice cookers to various kinds of customers.
One of the exquisite event spaces in Beppu, one of the places has the power to gather mostly foreign and domestic residents together enjoying not only delicious dishes but also vivacious chats: event space 'Studio Noquudo' in small, lovely Beppu, Oita Prefecture.
Every Japanese household has a rice cooker. Considering they eat rice once or more almost everyday, a machine that cooks rice perfectly and automatically is truly a convenience.
If you look back at the articles I have written in the 6 months or so since I joined the Taiken writing team you will probably notice a disproportionate amount of my writing is about food.
The recipes I am going to show you today, you won’t find in any Japanese cookbook, but nonetheless these are delicious, simple dishes that even the most reluctant cook can throw together in a matter of minutes.