Delicious Japanese Dishes: Kakigori

It’s almost impossible to get through August in Japan without having at least one bowl of kakigori. There’s not much better than eating this ice cold treat in the sweltering heat. It is the quintessential Japanese summer experience! Continue reading “Delicious Japanese Dishes: Kakigori”

Delicious Japanese Dishes: Takoyaki

Takoyaki… little balls of joy! A common sight at any matsuri (Japanese festival), takoyaki are one of the best street foods in Japan. Crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside, these octopus balls are made simply of batter, boiled octopus, green onions and tempura bits. A very delicious snack. Continue reading “Delicious Japanese Dishes: Takoyaki”

Delicious Japanese Dishes: Tempura

What is your favourite Japanese food? I feel like sushi is the food of the moment. In Australia, the States, Asia… there seems to be a huge sushi craze everywhere you go. Some other popular dishes are okonomiyaki (savoury pancake), ramen (technically Chinese but it’s Japanese enough!), and katsudon (deep-fried pork and egg on rice). Continue reading “Delicious Japanese Dishes: Tempura”

Sake: Japan’s Liquid of Choice

Sake is such an integral part of Japanese culture. There are so many different types of sake, different brands, different ways to drink it, different occasions to drink it on. Having gone out with my Japanese colleagues (surprise, surprise, teachers love to drink!) on many occasions, I feel like I’ve learnt a little about this complex alcoholic liquid. Continue reading “Sake: Japan’s Liquid of Choice”

Tea Time at the Peter Rabbit Garden Cafe

“Once upon a time, there were four little rabbits, and their names were Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Peter. They lived with their Mother in a sand-bank, underneath the root of a very big fir-tree…”

And so begins the tale of cheeky, little Peter Rabbit. Continue reading “Tea Time at the Peter Rabbit Garden Cafe”

Making Deco Sushi for the First Time

It’s that time of the year again — the Golden Week holiday! This year, we have Showa Day on Sunday and its replacement holiday on Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday are regular work days but people will take them off if they can. Then Constitution Day is on Thursday, Greenery Day on Friday and Children’s Day on Saturday. Continue reading “Making Deco Sushi for the First Time”