food

American ramen fanatic publishes book of Tokyo's top noodle joints
Brian MacDuckston poses with a bowl of his favorite ramen at Gamushara in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward in May. (Susumu Sakamoto)
An American expat has reached a milestone in his quest for the perfect ramen dish by publishing a guidebook featuring reviews of his top 50 noodle shops in Tokyo.
Chinese customs seize 'zombie meat' from 1970s in smuggling bust
Meat is cut up for sale at a market in Beijing in 2012. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
GUANGZHOU, China--Authorities seized a vast amount of frozen “zombie meat” up to 40 years old after a nationwide clampdown on meat smuggling gangs, according to local media ...
McCartney on the long and winding road to vegetarianism
Haruko Kawano, leaning on the armchair, poses with Paul McCartney after interviewing him April 25 at the Tokyo Dome where he had just performed. ((C)2015 MPL Communications Ltd./ Photographer: MJ Kim)
KYOTO--As Paul McCartney sang, "Let it be." That, in a nutshell, sums up his vegetarian philosophy.
Expo Milano 2015 a chance to spread 'washoku' food culture
Special Ambassador Hello Kitty attends the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Japan Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 in Milan, Italy, on May 1. (Yukie Yamao)
MILAN--Japanese food manufacturers are planning to cook up a storm at Expo Milano 2015, which opened here May 1.
Japan calls on Taiwan to ease up on planned food import...
Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou speaks at a news conference in April in Taipei. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
TAIPEI--Japan has urged Taiwan to scrap its plan to tighten restrictions on food imports from Japan, but Taipei demanded that Tokyo first address a food-labeling scandal.
Huge hunger for Itami exhibition on insect eating prompts extended ...
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ITAMI, Hyogo Prefecture--When organizers cooked up a special exhibition on bug eating at the Itami City Museum of Insects here, they didn't envision the public's appetite for...
Bogus labels, radiation fears prompt Taiwan to strengthen rules on ...
A worker examines the radiation levels of fish at a market in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, in 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
HONG KONG--Taiwan said April 16 it will further tighten regulations on food imports from Japan after forged place-of-origin labels allowed entry of banned products from...
Who needs cake at a big, fat tuna wedding?
The bride, Anna Tanaka, and groom, Tomoaki Watatani, make a slit on the head of a tuna fish at their wedding reception in a hotel in Osaka on March 7. (Son Yummin)
A cake-cutting ceremony at a wedding could become a thing of the past.
The 'milk' of orangutan kindness
A chimpanzee extends his arm to catch pieces of carrots and cabbages tossed by the orangutan Happy at Miyazaki City Phoenix Zoo on March 8. (Akiyoshi Abe)
MIYAZAKI--An orangutan named "Happy" is so friendly toward the chimps in a neighboring cage at this city's zoo that he passes them morsels of food as gifts.
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Survey shows public less hesitant about buying...
Staff members of an agricultural cooperative in Fukushima pick out flawless peaches from a conveyor belt. (Mana Nagano)
Four years after the onset of the nuclear accident, the ratio of consumers who are reluctant to purchase food products produced in Fukushima Prefecture declined, a Consumer...
German cuisine, culture brought by World War I prisoners still...
Hella Freundlieb-Uehara displays baked products handed down from her German grandfather in a renovated Kobe church that serves as bread store and cafe. (Shogo Koshida)
While the fact that Japan fought on the side of the Allies in World War I is mostly forgotten today, the influence that German prisoners of war had on Japanese cuisine and...
JOY OF HOKKAIDO FOOD: Travel firm hooks up tourists with Hokkaido...
Visitors from the Philippines and Australia try out a seafood restaurant in Rausu, Hokkaido. (Provided by Hokkaido Treasure Island Travel)
Editor's note: Hokkaido is attracting attention for its world-class food items. This series introduces readers to delicious foods from the northern Japanese island and the...
Hot on the trail of radioactivity, despite dwindling public...
Specially trained members and participants in the event measure the radioactivity levels of pears from Fukushima at the facility Albireo in Nishi-Tokyo, Tokyo, last November. (Yukari Takahashi)
Although there is less call for their services, a number of Tokyo-based citizens groups continue to monitor radioactivity levels to assuage those still not convinced that the...
Tsukiji fish market to get new home in late 2016 as Olympics beckon
The grounds of the planned Toyosu market in Tokyo's Koto Ward, where Tsukiji market will be relocated in 2016, on Dec. 17. (Tatsuya Shimada)
The long-anticipated relocation of Tokyo's Tsukiji market is being fast-forwarded to November 2016 in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.
EDITORIAL: Reduced tax rates for essentials not a good idea at...
A woman shops at a supermarket in Tokyo’s Koto Ward on Nov. 6. The government is considering the introduction of reduced tax rates for food and other daily essentials to ease the tax burden on low-income consumers. (Keiichi Kitagawa)
After Prime Minister Shinzo Abe postponed the planned second stage of the consumption tax hike from October next year to April 2017, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its ...
JOY OF HOKKAIDO FOOD: Hokkaido food fairs big moneymakers,...
The 51st “Hokkaido’s products and sightseeing” exhibition was inundated with shoppers when it opened at Yamakataya department store in Kagoshima on Nov. 6. (Yoshihiro Yasutomi)
Editor’s note: Hokkaido is attracting attention for its world-class food items. This series introduces readers to delicious foods from the northern Japanese island and the...
STROLLING AROUND TSUKIJI MARKET: Shops are trusted because...
Kenichiro Saito teaches how to prepare delicious fried eggs in the cooking facility “Tsukiji Shokumachi Studio” (Tsukiji food town studio) in the Tsukiji Outer Market in Tokyo. (Noriyuki Shigemasa)
Editor’s note: This is the third in a 10-part series of articles on the Tsukiji Outer Market in Tokyo, which is located next to the Tsukiji fish market, one of the largest of ...
Tsukiji rice bowl shows area has more than just fresh fish
A Tsukiji-don rice bowl (Noriyuki Shigemasa)
Despite the district’s fame for its fresh fish, stores in Tokyo's Tsukiji market have created a dish that includes a wide variety of local delicacies--except sashimi.
Consumers suddenly more wary of produce from Fukushima
Japan Agricultural Cooperative staff members inspect peaches produced in Fukushima Prefecture in August 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Consumers are more reluctant than ever to buy products from Fukushima Prefecture, even though more than three years have passed since the nuclear disaster.
Photo exhibition focuses on what people ate after Great East Japan ...
A photo provided by Reiko Sekiguchi shows people eating “nabe” (hot pot) dishes together at a workplace on March 11, 2011, after the Great East Japan Earthquake struck. (Provided by 20 Seiki Archive Sendai)
SENDAI--In the aftermath of the March 11, 2011, Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, many people snapped photos of their makeshift meals, as food became a precious and...