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Keeping the Heart of the SeaPaul Greenberg

Tokyo’s central fish market has made the move from its storied location at Tsukiji to Toyosu. But what is the city giving up by replacing Tsukiji’s tradition with this new facility? An award-winning writer on global fisheries offers his views on what Tokyo could lose—and what it should strive to keep.

“Nattō”: Japan’s Sticky Superfood

Made from fermented soybeans, nattō is a food with a distinctive flavor and texture. Much loved by many Japanese—although not all—it is most often eaten piled on top of rice or wrapped in a sushi roll.

Cheap Imports Boost Japan’s Beef Supply

Demand for beef slumped in Japan just after the turn of the century with the outbreak of BSE, but that demand has rebounded in recent years.

The Japanese Fixation on RiceInoue Yūsuke

The crescent-shaped jiaozi dumplings of China are highly popular in Japan, where they are known as gyoza. To the surprise of many Chinese, gyōza are generally served in Japan as an accompaniment to rice or as a snack to go with beer. Does this say something about the Japanese affinity for rice?

“Mottainai!” Japan Wastes Around 6.5 Million Tons of Food Per Year

Every day the average amount of food thrown out by a Japanese person could fill up an entire rice bowl. This food waste stands in contradiction to Japan’s low food self-sufficiency rate of 40%.

Japan Fishery Production Halved in 30 Years

According to the 2017 White Paper on Fisheries, while the world’s fishery production has doubled in size over the last 30 years, Japan’s production has more than halved.

Japanese Lose Their Taste for Rice

Over the last 50 years, consumption of rice, the main staple in Japanese people’s diets, has halved.

“Depachika”: Japan’s Basement-Level Food Markets

Depachika are markets located on the basement level of department stores. These popular shopping destinations offer a wide variety of ready-to-eat foods like side dishes, bentō, and sweets, along with fresh ingredients such as meat and fish.

White Paper Reveals Many Japanese Eat Alone

A growing number of Japanese people are living and eating alone.

Cooking Up a Storm: Making Meals in a Japanese Rice Staff

Buying a Japanese automatic rice cooker may be the best culinary investment a person can make. Aside from simmering up perfectly cooked rice, these versatile gadgets can also knock out an array of gastronomic delights like fluffy desserts and hearty mealtime staples. Simply mix the ingredients in the pot and the appliance does all the work. Having previously explored the world of rice cooker pa…

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