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Andō Momofuku: An Inventor Who Used His Noodle to Change Global Food Culture

Instant ramen: just add hot water and you have a meal in a few minutes, anytime, anywhere. The product had its beginnings with Chicken Ramen by Nissin Foods, invented by Andō Momofuku in a backyard workshop. National broadcaster NHK’s morning serial Manpuku, slated for broadcast beginning in autumn 2018, recounts the ups and downs of Andō’s life and his indomitable originality.

The Tasty, Affordable Joys of “Oden”

Once a way for common citizens to warm themselves through winter, oden is now sold all year round at convenience stores. This article introduces the most popular ingredients.

Japanese Fascination with Olympic Curling “Snack Time” is Gold-Medal Win for Hokkaidō Cheesecake Maker (Japan in Photos)

(© Jiji) (© The Japanese women’s curling team nibble on strawberries and other snacks during the halftime break of their Olympic match against Sweden on February 19 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Japanese eagerly following the team’s bronze-medal performance at the Games were captivated by the mid-match respite, dubbing it “snack time” for the various treats team members were see…

”Buri”: A Wintertime Culinary Delight

Buri (yellowtail) is a fish found only in the seas surrounding Japan. While wild buri is a wintertime delicacy, cultivated varieties can now be consumed in the summer and fall as well thanks to advances in aquaculture. Buri also lies at the heart of a longstanding culinary tradition and ranks alongside maguro (tuna) and salmon as a popular food fish in Japan.

Meiji to Provide Mexican Farmers with Rare White Cacao Saplings (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 13 (Jiji Press)—Meiji Holdings Co. will provide farmers in southern Mexico with saplings of rare white cacao, which is grown in the region and used to make high-end chocolate, officials have said. White cacao plants grown by Meiji Holdings in Mexico. (Courtesy Meiji Holdings) The holding company for the confectionery and dairy product group hopes to support farmers who grow whit…


On a cold day, nabe (hot pot) is perfect for warming both body and soul. Here we introduce some of Japan’s most popular varieties.

Rice in Small Amounts Selling Well in Japan (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 7 (Jiji Press)—The marketing strategy of selling rice in small volumes has recently been successful in Japan on the back of a rise in the number of one-person households and small families. Five-kilogram packages of rice, which used to be the main size, are unpopular among these households because they are too large and expensive for them. To satisfy low-volume needs, some compan…

“Onigiri” Rice Balls: Kings of the Convenience StoreRichard Medhurst

Japan is known for its fine cuisine and Michelin-starred restaurants. For many visitors, however, fond memories are associated with more humble and accessible fare—a bowl of ramen at a dimly lit yatai food stall, colorful plates of sushi revolving around a conveyor-belt restaurant, or the cheap and easy sustenance of a convenience store breakfast. Onigiri rice balls are perhaps the most represe…

Cooking Guru Yukimasa Rika: Spreading the Gospel of Stress-Free Excellence

An entrepreneur with extensive experience abroad, Yukimasa Rika has employed a variety of media to share her secrets for living the good life in today’s busy, cosmopolitan world. Having gained a devoted following among Japanese working women with her simple but tasty recipes, she is now eager to spread the word about Japanese cooking.

A Tasty Tipple: From Plum Wine to “Umeshu”

Umeshu, often referred to as plum or apricot wine in English, has benefited from the growing popularity of sake overseas and is now enjoying increased interest among consumers abroad. Offering a subtle sweetness and easy drinkability along with an array of health benefits, umeshu has won fans, particularly among women and young people. We visited a producer in Wakayama Prefecture that is on the front line of efforts to increase the international market for umeshu to see how the drink is made and hear about its prospects for the future.

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