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Japanese Restaurants Abroad See Fivefold Rise in 10 Years (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 7 (Jiji Press)--The number of Japanese restaurants abroad totaled some 118,000 in October, posting a fivefold jump in about 10 years, an agriculture ministry survey showed Tuesday. In 2006, when the ministry counted the number for the first time, there were some 24,000 Japanese restaurants abroad. The latest number marked an increase of some 30% from July 2015, when the previous …

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.

A Savory Journey: Transforming Plums into “Umeboshi” (Photos)

Wakayama grows more ume plums than any other prefecture in Japan. We traveled there to visit umeboshi maker Shōkibai and some ume growers in the town of Minabe for a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how the fruit is made into pickled plums.

“Umeboshi”: The Health Secrets of Japan’s Sourest Fruity Treat

Highly salted pickled plums, or umeboshi, have been a beloved part of the Japanese diet for centuries, prized for their preservative qualities and health benefits as well as their distinctive mouth-puckering sourness and salty tang. The assertive mixture of salt and sour make them a hard taste for some to acquire, though. Younger Japanese today are also eating far fewer umeboshi than previous generations did. However, proponents are fighting back, arguing that the combination of health benefits and unique flavor make the humble umeboshi the ideal superfood for the twenty-first century.

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 …

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