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Japanese Lawyer Operating Sashimi Shop in India (News)

New Delhi, May 28 (Jiji Press)—A Japanese lawyer opened a sashimi shop near New Delhi about two months ago to promote the habit of eating raw fish in northern India. "I'II sell sashimi steadily and prepare for the future" where the delicacy and other Japanese food will be popular in the region, said the 36-year-old founder of Sashimi Fresh, Nishino Yoshikazu. Nishino, a native of Tokyo, was …

Seafood “Dashi” Soup Stock Winning New Fans (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 23 (Jiji Press)—The umami savory taste of seafood dashi soup stock, an essence of washoku Japanese cuisine, is attracting renewed attention, including from young people and visitors to Japan. One restaurant promotes dashi as its mainstay offering. At specialized dried bonito retailer Ninben's Nihonbashi Dashi Bar, which opened in central Tokyo about seven years ago, visitors can …

Mexican-Style Maruchan: Japanese Food Overseas as Seen Through the Success of an Instant Ramen BrandIsami Romero

Washoku (traditional Japanese cuisine), designated as an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO, is growing ever more popular overseas thanks to the legions of health-conscious diners. But what kinds of Japanese food have taken serious root in foreign cultures? Isami Romero looks into the case of Mexico, his homeland, sharing some childhood experiences along the way.

Japanese Ramen Firms Dig Into International Market

Ramen is increasingly popular with diners around the world. And a growing number of Japanese purveyors of the noodle cuisine are setting up shop overseas. Nippon.com examines the experience of two Japanese companies: a large, well-established chain that is building a market presence in Europe, North America, and Oceania and an upstart venture business that is focusing on Southeast Asian markets.

Riding the Halal Wave: The Potential of Japanese Cuisine for MuslimsJames Singleton

Halal is a growing buzzword among Japanese companies, particularly those in the food and service industries. Factors keeping halal hot are a booming tourist industry, relaxed visa requirements for many Asian countries with significant Muslim populations, and Tokyo’s winning of the hosting rights to the 2020 Olympic Games. On the ground this means more restaurants and hotels offering halal options …

Washoku Designated UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage

At the eighth annual session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage—held in Baku, Azerbaijan, on  December 4, 2013, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) agreed to register washoku (traditional Japanese cuisine) as an intangible cultural heritage, a social custom handed down from generation to generation …

Top Tempura Chef Kondō Fumio

In Japan, the name Kondō Fumio is practically synonymous with tempura. Food-lovers from all over the world flock to his Tokyo restaurant, Tempura Kondō, to savor the dishes that have earned the establishment two Michelin stars. We interviewed Kondō about the creativity that has won him his faithful following.

Steve Jobs and JapanHayashi Nobuyuki

Apple founder and CEO extraordinaire Steve Jobs had a close relationship to Japan. Hayashi Nobuyuki, an IT journalist who has written about Steve Jobs and Apple for many years, traces the course of Jobs’s links with Japan, dating from his first interest in Zen as a young man.

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