Steamed Yamato Vegetables, A Taste Of Michelin Star-quality Food

Steamed Yamato vegetables, a taste of Michelin star-quality food

Kuruminoki, a cafe-cum-grocery store, can be found next to the Japan Railways track in a residential area of Nara dotted with little old temples. It is easy to spot, as people line up to secure one of the 80 lunch servings offered each day.

A native of Takamatsu, Yukiko Ishimura, who opened the store 33 years ago, was living at that time in Nara's suburbs after getting married.

No Cash Accepted At Tokyo Eatery To Deal With Labor Shortage

No cash accepted at Tokyo eatery to deal with labor shortage

FUKUOKA--Restaurant chain operator Royal Holdings Co. has cooked up an innovative solution to overcome the labor shortage problem--eliminating cash payments.

Cashless restaurant Gathering Table Pantry will open on a trial basis in Tokyo on Nov. 6 with a "No Cash" sign at its entrance.

Grilled White Fish With Vegetables Can Tickle Young Taste Buds

Grilled white fish with vegetables can tickle young taste buds

Once a picky eater, nutritionist Susumu Matsumaru racks his brains to make lunches that children will love at an elementary school in Tokyo's Bunkyo Ward.

As a child, Matsumaru, now 34, was encouraged by a nutritionist at his elementary school to "try at least a bite" of meals he was reluctant to eat. Young Matsumaru would take small bites.

Consumers Feel Effects Of Rise In Wholesale Bigeye Tuna Prices

Consumers feel effects of rise in wholesale bigeye tuna prices

The Yomiuri ShimbunWholesale prices for bigeye tuna (see below) have risen, as lower population numbers for the fish and the effect of fishing regulations have led to declining catch volumes.

Tuna consumption typically peaks during the year-end period, and households are already feeling the higher prices. Bigeye is commonly sold raw as akami maguro in supermarkets and at conveyor-belt sushi restaurants.

Pair Of Persimmons Fetch 540,000 Yen At Season's 1st Auction In Japan

Pair of persimmons fetch 540,000 yen at season's 1st auction in Japan

A pair of high-end persimmons harvested in central Japan fetched 540,000 yen ($4,750) at the season's first auction at a local wholesale market on Thursday.

The cultivar, developed by the Gifu prefectural government over 10 years and put on the market last year, is crispy and has a sugar content of at least 18 percent compared to the around 16 percent of other products, according to a local agricultural cooperative.

Barley Products Attract Health-conscious Consumers In Japan

Barley products attract health-conscious consumers in Japan

Japanese consumers have been turning to barley-based food products thanks to the fiber-rich cereal crop's reputation for helping maintain intestinal health and reduce weight.

At lunch time one day in October, a Lawson convenience store in a business district in Tokyo's Shinagawa Ward was crowded with people buying meals.

Green Tea Cafes Aim To Revive Interest In Japan's Traditional Beverage

Green tea cafes aim to revive interest in Japan's traditional beverage

With Japan's consumption of green tea in steady decline, a new breed of casual cafe specializing in the traditional brew aims to reverse the trend by introducing customers to a wide variety of brands, as well as unconventional serving methods.

Customers including visitors from overseas and young Japanese are able to learn about green tea and perhaps find a new favorite variety at such cafes.

Wild Boars Processed Into Raw Ham On Remote Island

Wild boars processed into raw ham on remote island

Hunters in Kamijima, Ehime Prefecture, are taking steps to sell the meat of wild boars that were killed because they damage agricultural products in the town.

In August, an association of local hunters began selling raw ham made from wild boars to businesses, as part of measures implemented by the town and prefectural governments to cope with the harmful animals. The raw ham is the first processed product of its kind in this endeavor.

Japanese Man Invents "coffee" Made Entirely Of Garlic

Japanese man invents

"Garlic coffee" can be a boon to coffee-loving pregnant women abstaining from it as a man in northeastern Japan invented the drink that looks and tastes like coffee but is made up entirely of locally grown garlic.

"My drink is probably the world's first of its kind," said 74-year-old Yokitomo Shimotai, who was a coffee shop owner in Aomori Prefecture. "It contains no caffeine so it's good for those who would like to drink coffee at night or pregnant women."

Japanese Food Fair Opens In Chiba

Japanese food fair opens in Chiba

Japanese companies are pitching food products at a trade fair in Chiba City, near Tokyo, with the aim of expanding their shipments abroad.

The event that opened on Wednesday is part of efforts to achieve a government export goal. The government aims to expand exports of agricultural and food products by more than 30 percent to 1 trillion yen, or about 8.9 billion dollars, by 2019.

Sushi Salmon Noodle Bowl

Sushi salmon noodle bowlFor a good source of protein and fibre try this deliciously easy salmon and noodle bowl.

2 spring onions, thinly sliced lengthways
200g frozen edamame or broad beans
270g pkt soba noodles, cooked following packet directions
1 carrot, peeled, cut into matchsticks
4 radishes, thinly sliced
1 cucumber, thinly sliced diagonally
360g Sushi Salmon

A Taste Of Italy In Miso Soup With Tomatoes And Powdered Cheese

A taste of Italy in miso soup with tomatoes and powdered cheese

Cherry tomatoes and powdered cheese in miso soup may take some by surprise, and all the more so if the process begins by cooking "shimeji" mushrooms in water instead of making soup stock with dried kelp.

"These ingredients happen to release the umami (savory) elements," says Sally Hiramatsu, the 28-year-old "science-based cooking expert," who has a talent for conveying the mechanisms of how tastiness comes about through cooking from a scientific perspective.