Travelers' Treasures / Nishida Kajyuen Kinsei Marushibori Straight Juice (quality Freshly Squeezed Juice From Nishida Orchard)

Travelers' Treasures / Nishida Kajyuen Kinsei Marushibori Straight Juice (Quality freshly squeezed juice from Nishida Orchard)

Nishida Orchard raises 30 different kinds of fruit, giving priority to natural, organic cultivation. This is an advanced orchard that uses biodynamic agriculture methods where fruit is harvested according to the waxing and waning cycles of the moon.

Marushibori Straight Juice is made with shiranui citrus (usually called "dekopon") and Mochizuki Mikan (mandarin orange) only, all from the Nishida Orchard, squeezing the entire fruit, including the skin. A luxurious two kilograms of dekopon is used for a single liter of juice. In addition, the squeezed juice is bottled at low temperatures, unlike ordinary concentrated and reduced fruit juice. That is why the original, rich, fruity flavor of the fruit is preserved. Once the flowers fall off the trees and fruit forms, no pesticides are used for a completely safe and natural product.

Asian Lamb And Noodle Hot Pot

Asian lamb and noodle hot potThis is a low fat, warm and delicious bowl of udon goodness. You'll love tucking into this broth filled with lamb shanks and Asian greens. You just need a big enough spoon!

1 tablespoon peanut oil
4 trimmed lamb shanks
1 litre Massel salt reduced chicken style liquid stock
2/3 cup shao hsing (Chinese cooking wine)
2 star anise
2 sticks lemongrass, trimmed, bruised
5cm piece fresh ginger, sliced
1/4 cup salt-reduced soy sauce
1/3 cup mirin
180g dried udon noodles
200g snow peas, trimmed
2 baby pak choy, trimmed, each cut into 6 wedges
1 cup bean sprouts, trimmed
2 green onions, thinly sliced diagonally
Sambal oelek and lime wedges, to serve

Snacks For Better Drinking, By Manga Artist Roswell Hosoki

Snacks for better drinking, by manga artist Roswell Hosoki

Roswell Hosoki enjoys a tasty snack to enhance his drinking sessions, just like Sotatsu Iwama, the 30-something office worker character he created for his long-running manga series "Sake no Hosomochi" (The narrow road of drinking).

Each episode in the series, which is carried in the manga magazine Shukan Manga Goraku (Weekly manga goraku) published by Nihon Bungeisha Co., features a scene where the characters enjoy a drink. The short manga series has also been published in book form, reaching 40 volumes to date since its debut in 1994.

Teriyaki Salmon Skewers

Teriyaki salmon skewersThese salmon skewers are a surefire midweek dinner winner. The homemade teriyaki sauce gives the salmon a super-intense savoury flavour and deep, burnished colour.

Lisa's In And Around Tokyo: Odawara--you Too Can Make 'kamaboko' Fish Paste

Lisa's In and Around Tokyo: Odawara--You too can make 'kamaboko' fish paste

Once upon a time in the Heian Period (794-1185), ground fish were molded onto bamboo sticks and cooked. They looked like the top of a cattail plant ("gama-no-ho"), and this morphed into what is today called "kamaboko" or steamed fish paste. Who knows if it's true, but the etymological theory sounds pretty cool, doesn't it?

Suzuhiro Kamaboko Village, conveniently located between Odawara and Hakone, is a delightful place for your eyes and taste buds. The village consists of a museum, beer and gift shops and restaurants.

Tokyo Games Food To Require Safety Verification

Tokyo Games food to require safety verification

The Yomiuri ShimbunObtaining Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) certificates has become an urgent task for domestic farmers looking to provide food to athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games after the organizing committee announced its procurement criteria.

The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games announced on March 24 that producers who supply vegetables and other foods to the athletes village will require certification showing the safety of their products has been verified by a third party.

Snack Makers Experiment With Kombu

Snack makers experiment with kombu

"We want to develop new desserts genre called ‘sweets featuring umami' and spread Kansai's dashi culture," Kentaro Fujihashi said.

Fujihashi, 39, is the president of Naniwaya, an Osaka-based kombu and snack company. He has made efforts to familiarize people with kombu by giving lectures on topics including how to make dashi, and his company is part of a trend among pastry chefs to add kombu's umami flavor to their wares.

You Too Can Cook Washoku / Comforting Homemade Gyoza

You too can cook washoku / Comforting homemade gyoza

Gyoza was one of the most popular dishes in my cooking class, and I often had requests for it. Even in the United States, where I live now, I can find frozen gyoza at local American grocery stores, so I guess it has become really popular in many places now. But nothing is better than homemade gyoza — it's seriously tasty and difficult to resist.

In my recipe, I use a lot of vegetables and a small portion of meat to make juicy and flavorsome gyoza. Even if you're a meat lover, please try it — you will be won over! Gyoza can be a snack, appetizer or main dish. I have them mostly as a main dish for lunch or dinner with rice and miso soup. It's so comforting.

Kirin Looks To Expand Sales Around Asia With 'craft' Beer Series

Kirin looks to expand sales around Asia with 'craft' beer series

Kirin Holdings Co. plans to export its premium "craft" beers around Asia, starting with Taiwan in mid-May, and have regional demand account for 10 percent of overall sales of the series this fiscal year.

The beverage giant, citing the products' high reputation among foreign visitors to Japan, intends to further tap into the overseas market with three products that are part of Grand Kirin series launched in 2012.

Hokkaido Potato Shortage Causes Discontinuation Of Chip Brands

Hokkaido potato shortage causes discontinuation of chip brands

A shortage of potatoes from Hokkaido has meant that snack food makers Calbee Inc. and Koikeya Inc. have been forced to stop the sale of some of their potato chip brands.

The spud shortage from Japan's northernmost prefecture is attributable to a typhoon that hit the region in summer 2016. As a result, Calbee and Koikeya have struggled to secure enough potatoes to manufacture their full range of potato chip brands.

Teriyaki Beef Skewers With Japanese Fried Rice

Teriyaki beef skewers with Japanese fried riceTeriyaki beef skewers add even more flavour to this easy Japanese fried rice.

2 teaspoons honey
2 tablespoons salt-reduced soy sauce
1 tablespoon mirin
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
600g thick piece beef rump steak, trimmed, thinly sliced into long strips
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 red capsicum, finely chopped
2cm piece fresh ginger, peeled, finely grated
2 green onions, thinly sliced, plus extra to serve
150g snow peas, trimmed, thinly sliced
450g packet 90-second microwave brown rice or 3 cups cold cooked brown rice
50g baby spinach
Lemon wedges, to serve

Travelers' Treasures / Ko No Kuni Nama Cheese Cake (rare Cheesecake)

Travelers' Treasures / Ko no Kuni Nama Cheese Cake (Rare cheesecake)

Ko no Kuni Nama Cheese Cake is six pieces of no-bake cheesecake made using sake lees. The Ultimate Souvenirs for the Whole World sponsored by the Japan Tourism Agency selected this as a top-quality item from among 747 different products.

Sake lees are used from six veteran breweries in Shiga prefecture with over 100 years in the business, and the brewers' original production methods result in six different flavors of cheesecake with their own aromas.