HORRORS OF NORTH KOREA: Tragedy at every turn in struggle to...
North Koreans sell goods on the roadside in South Phyongan province in March 2013. (Provided by Asia Press International)
In the mass famine that shook North Korea in the 1990s, people took extreme measures to survive.
Japan's exports of farm, marine products hit record 550 billion...
Peaches grown in Fukushima Prefecture sold out in two days at a department store in Bangkok last August. (Provided by the Fukushima prefectural government)
Japan’s exports of agricultural, marine and other food products in 2013 soared 22.4 percent from the previous year to 550.6 billion yen ($5.4 billion), topping the previous...
Global warming likely to displace hundreds of millions
Hundreds of millions of people mainly in Asia could be displaced by the end of this century as global warming causes sea levels to rise, according to a report by a special U.N. ...
JAPAN'S WORLD KITCHEN: Traditional Edo Period Kaga fare featured...
From "Bushi no Kondate" (Courtesy of Shochiku Co.)
Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of articles on Japanese “washoku” cuisine, which was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list in December.
JAPAN'S WORLD KITCHEN: Foreign chefs to get visas to study...
Imad Saade of Lebanon, second from right, who studies at the venerable Kikunoi Honten Japanese-style restaurant in Kyoto's Higashiyama Ward, cracks open a ginkgo nut in the kitchen as colleagues offer him encouragement. (Noboru Tomura)
Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of articles on Japanese “washoku” cuisine, which was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list in December.
Frozen food maker recalling 6 million packages over pesticide...
Maruha Nichiro Holdings President Toshio Kushiro, left, and Aqli Foods Corp. President Hiroshi Tanabe apologize during a news conference on Dec. 29. (Daisuke Shimizu)
A frozen food producer is recalling up to 6.3 million packages possibly tainted with pesticide after customers complained of strange odors emanating from the products.
Small Japanese firms find big business opportunities in Mongolia
Mongolians raise a toast with sake in a Japanese restaurant in Mongolia. (Provided by Global Development & Management Consultants Inc.)
SHISUI, Chiba Prefecture--Sake brewer Iinuma Honke Corp. is daring to try to change the drinking habits in the vodka-loving nation of Mongolia, pitching its mainstay Kinoene...
Documentary on daily life of Osaka butcher shop wins accolades
A scene from the "Tale of a Butcher Shop" (Courtesy of Aya Hanabusa)
A documentary film focusing on the daily routine of a family that runs a slaughterhouse and butcher shop is currently playing in Tokyo and Osaka after winning praise from...
Farm ministry's efforts key in 'washoku' being added to UNESCO list
A "washoku" chef teaches traditional Japanese cooking methods to students at Shoran Elementary School in Kyoto's Kamigyo Ward on Dec. 4. (Noboru Tomura)
Two years of steady groundwork and promotion by the agricultural ministry were influential ingredients in "washoku" (traditional Japanese cuisine) being added to UNESCO’s...
UNESCO designates ‘washoku’ intangible cultural heritage asset
Heihachi Sonobe, the head of the Kyo-Ryori Association, hangs a congratulation lantern Dec. 5 in Kyoto, after the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization decided to list Japanese traditional “washoku” cuisine as an intangible cultural heritage asset. (Noboru Tomura)
BAKU, Azerbaijan--UNESCO formally decided to add traditional Japanese “washoku” cuisine to its Intangible Cultural Heritage list at a meeting of its Intergovernmental...
Sushi chef carves vegetables into masterful artwork
Carvings such as the turtle and the rabbit that Okitsugu Kado are holding in his palm take five minutes to make, while the pumpkin monster was a laborious project that exceeded five hours. (Nanako Ito)
In the skilled hands of Okitsugu Kado, a knife transforms vegetables into sculptural art so realistic, they're scary.
Japan food scandals cloud export hopes
A restaurant in the Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo is one of many that admitted to food mislabeling. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Shoppers browsing in supermarkets around the world would once have been reassured by a “Made in Japan” tag.
KYOTO GOES KAWAII: Hararyokaku's 'kuro shichimi' harkens back to...
A canister containing Hararyokaku's "kuro shichimi" spice (The Asahi Shimbun)
Editor's note: This series showcases what we are calling "kawaii" (cute) items locally made in the iconic Japanese city. The series runs on Fridays and Saturdays.
Mitsukoshi, Isetan stores join scandal over falsely labeled menus
A sign offers an apology for using black tiger shrimp for a dish labeled Japanese tiger prawn at the food section of Takashimaya department store’s Nihonbashi outlet on Nov. 5. (Sayuri Ide)
The nation’s largest department store operator admitted to cheating customers by falsely labeling restaurant menus, part of a growing scandal that has sparked consumer...
VOX POPULI: Serving up false food a la carte
Executives of Hankyu Hanshin Hotels Co. answer questions about its food scandal at a news conference in Osaka on Oct. 22. (Eijiro Morii)
I read somewhere that when eating wild eels, people sometimes found themselves biting into fishhooks. I also read that is why when wild eels started to become scarce, some...
‘Washoku’ to be listed on UNESCO intangible cultural heritage...
The Asahi Shimbun
Traditional Japanese cuisine, "washoku," is expected to be added to the UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list, a designation currently given to only four other world...
Thinking outside the box: Osaka-style 'boxed' sushi
Artistic Osaka-style hako-zushi (boxed sushi) is served at Yoshino Sushi in Osaka's Chuo Ward. (Mihoko Takizawa)
OSAKA--Sushi, the Japanese style of fast food that has taken the world by storm, has a long history. But it's not all about raw fish--at least here in Japan's second-largest...
New device tests food for radioactive content more efficiently
A worker at the Ishinomaki Fish Market uses the device developed by Tohoku University to test fish for radioactive content in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, on Aug. 30. (Toru Furusho)
ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi Prefecture--Researchers have developed a device that can determine radioactive content levels in fish and other food products without having to destroy them...
Koyasan monks bring soul food, message to Tokyo eateries
Monks from Koyasan in Wakayama Prefecture attend the opening of Koyasan Cafe, a religious and culinary event in Tokyo continuing until Sept.8 at the Shin-Marunouchi Building across from Tokyo Station. (Louis Templado)
Monks have taken over the menus at restaurants in the posh Shin-Marunouchi building in Tokyo to offer real soul food.
VOX POPULI: Conserve resources to avoid 'divine punishment'
A natural spring is protected by a shrine to a diety in Ubuyama, Kumamoto Prefecture, in a show of respect for water resources in Japan.  (Masaharu Nonaka)
The environment is the current topic of “Shitsumon! Doraemon,” a delightfully illustrated children’s section that appears daily in The Asahi Shimbun.