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Sashimi: a Japanese Cooking Philiosophy

As a rule, the philosophy of cooking aims at the creation of new tastes that do not exist naturally… but Japanese cooking methods are antithetical to this philosophy. The ideal of Japanese cooking is to retain the natural tastes of … Continue reading

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Simple Joys

Tokyo. A shopper’s wonderland. My friends are green with envy at my good luck. Sadly, I am not a woman who lives to shop. Basement food halls, malls and department stores make my eyes blur with panic. Too much stuff. … Continue reading

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Just Sushi

As I may have mentioned, I recently made my first trip to Japan, landing in Tokyo with a clean slate, eager for new impressions. I must admit, I knew embarrassingly little about the country at that point, and I was … Continue reading

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Umami: The Fifth Taste

Salt, sweet, sour, bitter. I am assuming we have known about these four taste categories since Sesame Street was a dirt track through the woods. Each one tells our taste buds about what we are putting in our mouths, and … Continue reading

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Snapshots of Japan

A clean and helpful clockwork world where a pair of missing glasses is located and returned before panic sets in. A lavatory with a heated seat, an in-built bidet, a video screen and a sound system that provides the noisy gush … Continue reading

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