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.