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Culinary culture is an extremely important part of Japanese culture.

Osechi: What is Kyo-ryori (Kyoto Cuisine)?

Osechi: What is Kyo-ryori (Kyoto Cuisine)?
This entry is part 1 of 8 in the series O-shogatsu Ryori
Osechi: What is Kyo-ryori (Kyoto Cuisine)? What is Kyo-ryori? (Kyoto Cuisine) 京料理 京懐石 吉泉
In Kyoto, it is said that the three most sophisticated cuisines in the world are French, Chinese and Japanese; and among these three, Kyoto Cuisine, or Kyo-ryori is the pinnacle of sophistication, visual beauty and subtlety of taste. Kyo-ryori is not just…

How to Clean a Squid Japanese Style

How to Clean a Squid Japanese Style
How to Clean a Squid Japanese Style (いかの開き方) How to Clean a Squid Japanese Style (いかの開き方)

Itadakimono: Maru Daikon and Shinmai

Itadakimono: Maru Daikon and Shinmai
Itadakimono: Maru Daikon and Shinmai (Round Daikon Radish and New Rice) 頂き物: 丸大根と新米 Itadakimono: Maru Daikon and Shinmai (頂き物: 丸大根と新米)
Giving and receiving gifts is an essential aspect of Japanese culture. Gifts are usually small and often given spontaneously. On the way back from an appointment today I stopped in at Kisen to return a very old and precious book on Kyo-ryori to the owner that I…

Meeting a Real Live Sake Samurai!

Meeting a Real Live Sake Samurai!
Sake Samurai 2008 Sake Samurai 2008
Today I had the honor of meeting a very rare breed, a Sake Samurai!…

Ohashi-no-Ohshita Chopstick Workshop and Store

Ohashi-no-Ohshita Chopstick Workshop and Store
Omiyage and Experience: Chopstick Workshop and Store (箸工房 お箸のおおした) Omiyage and Experience: Kyoto Kodaji Chopstick Workshop and Store (お箸のおおした 箸工房) This is a chopstick workshop and store that offers traditional, eco and modern Japanese chopsticks for sale and a quick lesson on how to make your own. Located in one of Kyoto’s most scenic and quaint districts, just drop in on your way up to Kiyomizu or Kodaiji temples!…
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