Coffee Jelly – Kohii Zerii

Coffee Jelly - Kohii Zerii

Here we are, almost to the end of April, and still feeling as though we have only begun to scratch the surface on what Japanese food culture has to offer. Far beyond the sushi and tempura that most Western people associate it with, Japanese food offers a vibrant mix of many simple dishes, filled with unique colors and flavors. Continue reading

Ginger Bok Choy and Steamed Chicken Salad with Sesame Sauce

Ginger Bok Choy and Steamed Chicken Salad with Sesame Sauce

In talking about Japanese food culture, we cannot just simply reduce everything to the discussion of food. Placement, harmony within the home and the entire experience surrounding the meal all play an important role. Continue reading

Japanese Food Culture

Japanese Food Culture

Japan’s traditional food culture is diverse, daunting and fascinating to say the least. In order to do it justice, we will have to break our own rules and actually post very frequently over the next few weeks, especially since we missed the first part of April due to our photography classes. ­čśë

In exploring Japanese food culture we uncovered a rich cultural history especially as it relates to its cuisine, which is ┬álargely ┬ábased on the ancient principles of fives, which take into account color, taste, the way food is prepared, the diner’s senses as well as the energetic exchange brought about between the cook and the diner. The cooks thoughts and feelings might transfer over to the food and ultimately influence the diner, as well as the diner’s need for gratitude and appreciation for a harmoniously prepared meal. ┬áIn my humble opinion, a lot of people could or should take this to heart a lot more often. Continue reading