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home cooking: Sanma-no-shioyaki (Salt-grilled Pacific Saury)

home cooking: Sanma-no-shioyaki (Salt-grilled Pacific Saury)
Sanma-no-shioyaki (Salt-grilled Pacific Saury) 秋刀魚の塩焼き Quick and simple, a 10 minute wonder, fresh sanma is delectable. One of the best preparations of fish in Japanese cuisine is 'shio yaki.' shio means salt and yaki means grilled. Fish in Japan is something that is often eaten raw, so you can be sure that ... read more

home cooking: Wagyu Steak Donburi

home cooking: Wagyu Steak Donburi
home cooking: Wagyu Steak Donburi The land of fish happens to produce the finest beef in the world as well. Japanese have a knack for perfecting things, whether it be fax machines, cameras, or the production of beef. You have probably heard of Japan's excuisite beef, Wagyu (和牛) literally 'Japanese beef'. ... read more

aozakana: Seasonal Autumn Fish Dinner

aozakana: Seasonal Autumn Fish Dinner
aozakana(青魚): Seasonal Autumn Fish Dinner aozakana (青魚) literally, 'blue fish' are in season from mid-autumn throughout the winter. These are such species as mackerel (青魚, saba), pacific saury (秋刀魚, sanma), sardine (鰯, iwashi), and jack mackerel (鯵, aji). Their blue colored backs give these well loved fish their Japanese name. In Japan, ... read more

Gion Koishi — Kakigori, summer time treat in Gion

Gion Koishi -- Kakigori (shaved ice) in Gion (祇園小石) Hard to believe that 'shaved ice' could be elegant and sophisticated, so Kyoto! Gion Koshi, ameya (candy shop) is surely the best known place in Gion, and probably Kyoto for kakigori (shaved ice). Shaved ice in Japan actually has a very long history, ... read more

Issen Yoshoku — The Origins of Western Food in Japan

Issen Yoshoku (壹銭洋食) The Origins of Western Food in Japan Issen Yoshoku is located in Gion and serves a variation of the popular dish, okonomiyaki. Issen Yoshiku combines a comical interior with a one dish menu. It is a popular destination for locals and tourists. While somewhat kitschy, at Issen Yoshoku you ... read more
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