Recipe books collected from around the globe, some written in Cyrillic and Arabic, line the bookshelf of Yuriko Aoki, a cooking expert on the world's local dishes.
She refers to the books, including an instructional tome with hand-drawn illustrations and a beautiful volume resembling a photo album, to recreate local flavors and introduces them through events and the media.
Typhoon Kong-rey, now classified as a severe tropical storm, is causing record high temperatures for October in wide areas across Japan.
The Meteorological Agency says unusually hot temperatures were recorded on Saturday mainly in the Hokuriku, Shikoku and Chugoku regions as hot southern air was drawn to the typhoon.
Kong-rey, which was formerly a typhoon and is now a low pressure system, is bringing unusually high temperatures for October, mainly to the Pacific side of eastern Japan.
The Meteorological Agency says the hot temperatures were recorded on Sunday in the Tokai, Kanto and southern Tohoku regions, as hot air was drawn to the low pressure system.
Hot springs operators in Hokkaido are stepping up efforts to attract tourists. The move comes as a powerful earthquake that hit the northern Japanese prefecture is impacting tourism, one of the region's main industries.
Hotels in the Jozankei hot sprint resort have had many cancelations. They say they are expected to lose about 330 million yen, or around 3 million dollars, by the end of the year.
Japanese weather officials are warning that the persistent and severe heatwave will likely bring another hot day to western and eastern Japan.
The officials are urging people to take strict precautions against heatstroke, as what they call a life-threatening hot spell continues to grip the Japanese archipelago.
A Japanese software company has developed an application to encourage employees to work at home on extremely hot days.
The Tokyo-based firm, Infoteria Corporation, began a campaign with the new smartphone app on Thursday to help its staff work more comfortably and to improve efficiency. Unusually high temperatures continue across most parts of Japan.