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Culinary culture is an extremely important part of Japanese culture.

Japanese New Year’s Breakfast Uni Ikura Donburi and Champagne

Japanese New Year’s Breakfast Uni Ikura Donburi and Champagne
A happy 2011 to all you foodies out there! 2010 was probably the best year of my life, therefore there were very few KF articles this year, sorry!! KF does still get lots of access, encouraging comments, links and mentions. Thank you! To ring in the new year, to hope for a year of happiness and contentment, people like to…

My Original Hiiragi Iwashi Design (Whole Sardine and Holly Leaves)

My Original Hiiragi Iwashi Design (Whole Sardine and Holly Leaves)
Last year on February 3rd, the day before spring, I put a grilled sardine head on a holly stick and put it next to my front door. That was to prevent the ‘Oni’ demon from entering my house and getting my new year off to a bad start. I didn’t like just what amounted to a fish head on a…

Setsubun Depachika: Shopping for Eho-maki and Sardines at Japanese Department Store Food Court

Setsubun Depachika: Shopping for Eho-maki and Sardines at Japanese Department Store Food Court
Depachika, the basement floor of department stores in Japan, is where some of the best food in the land can be had and at fairly reasonable prices. These food courts are difficult to beat as they are a mix of the best of the best shinise stores as well as very popular, up-and-coming stores and restaurants and some European chocolatier…

Setsubun Wagashi: Oni-ni-Kanabo from Kyoto Confectionery Sentaro

Setsubun Wagashi: Oni-ni-Kanabo from Kyoto Confectionery Sentaro
At Setsubun, people in Japan are thinking eho-maki sushi rolls, grilled sardine and roasted soybeans to prevent misfortune and increase happiness. No one thinks of wagashi. Sentaro, a shinise confectionery in Kyoto, made their own unique and tasty Setsubun demon theme roll, but you don’t get sushi from a confectionery, it’s a wagashi roll! Its quite long and comes wrapped…

Setsubun Foodie Customs: Kyoto Hisagozushi ‘Onimaki’ Ehomaki

Setsubun Foodie Customs: Kyoto Hisagozushi ‘Onimaki’ Ehomaki
Meet the ‘Demon Roll’ sushi for the day before spring — Kyoto-style. This makizushi is a very original, fascinating and extremely beautiful variation of the eho-maki (lucky direction roll) makizushi that is eaten by custom in Japan on Setsubun, February 3rd, the day before spring begins. Setsubun has some wonderful customs and they all seem to be food related. Two…
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