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What is Japanese food? Sushi? Ramen? Kaiseki? What about Izakaya? What exactly are they? Akiko Katayama, a Japanese native, New York-based food writer and director of the New York Japanese Culinary Academy, will tell you all about the real Japanese food and food culture. Her guests will range from a sake producer whose family has centuries of sake-making history, to a great American chef who pushes the envelope of Japanese cuisine. Japanese cuisine is demystified here!

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    • 4.8 • 37 Ratings

What is Japanese food? Sushi? Ramen? Kaiseki? What about Izakaya? What exactly are they? Akiko Katayama, a Japanese native, New York-based food writer and director of the New York Japanese Culinary Academy, will tell you all about the real Japanese food and food culture. Her guests will range from a sake producer whose family has centuries of sake-making history, to a great American chef who pushes the envelope of Japanese cuisine. Japanese cuisine is demystified here!

    A Global Ambassador From Hokkaido With American Heritage

    A Global Ambassador From Hokkaido With American Heritage

    Our guest today is Joshua Walker who is the President & CEO of Japan Society in New York. Joshua has a very intriguing background. He was raised in Japan and spent his formative years until 18 in Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan where the geography and climate are diversely different from the mainland Japan. And Hokkaido’s food culture is extraordinary! Since Joshua left Japan, he has been working in global affairs and known as a perpetual bridge-builder, citizen diplomat and trained academic with a specialization in the Middle East and East Asia.In this episode, we will discuss Joshua’s unique childhood in Japan, how it influenced his mindset as a global leader now, the fascinating food culture in Hokkaido, what you should eat there and much, much more!

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    • 56 min
    Rakugo: The Art of Universal Humor

    Rakugo: The Art of Universal Humor

    Our guest is Kanariya Eiraku who is a rakugo-ka or traditional Japanese comic storyteller. Rakugo is a unique form of entertainment that became popular in the 17th century during the Edo period. A storyteller sits on the stage alone only with a folding fan and a hand towel. These are the only props used during the performance. But once the rakugoka starts talking, you are in another world. The rakugo-ka would quickly draws you into the story and you would feel as if you were sitting right next to the characters. And there is always a surprise punch line at the end! That is why rakugo has been very popular for centuries. Rakugo is becoming global lately and there are even non-Japanese rakugo-ka like Katsura Sunshine who joined us on Episode 102. Eiraku san is one of the rakugo ambassadors who inspire the world with the power of Japanese-style yet universal humor in English. In this episode, we will discuss what exactly rakugo is, how Eiraku san got into rakugo, why rakugo is so unique and powerful, food-related rakuro stories and much, much more!!! (Also, Eiraku san will perform rakugo for us!) For Eiraku san's upcoming events and classes, go to https://eigorakugo.wixsite.com/kanariyaeiraku

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    • 57 min
    Shojin Ryori: Japanese Vegan & Vegetarian Dishes

    Shojin Ryori: Japanese Vegan & Vegetarian Dishes



    Our guest is Elizabeth Andoh, who already joined us 9 times on Episodes 18, 61, 83, 99, 108, 131, 156, 180, 200 and shared her truly deep insight into traditional Japanese food culture. Elizabeth is a food writer and Japanese cooking instructor based in Tokyo and she has lived in Japan for over 50 years. She runs the culinary arts program called A Taste of Culture, which offers a great opportunity for non-Japanese people to explore Japanese culture through its food. Elizabeth is also the author of 6 cookbooks, including the award-winning “Washoku: Recipes from the Japanese Kitchen”, “Kibo: Recipes and Stories from Japan's Tohoku” and “Kansha: Celebrating Japan's Vegan and Vegetarian Traditions”Today’s topic is Shojin ryori. Plant-based foods are becoming increasingly popular globally for health and environmental awareness. Shojin ryori is the traditional Japanese vegan and vegetarian dishes that were developed around 800 years ago. It is made only with vegetables and grains without meat or seafood, which is based on a principle of Buddhism that it is a sin to take life. In this episode, we will discuss what exactly shojin ryori is, the underlying philosophies of shojin ryori, where you can eat shojin ryori dishes, how to cook them at home and much, much more!!!

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    • 58 min
    Pursuing A Dream Of Making Great Wine in America

    Pursuing A Dream Of Making Great Wine in America

    Our guestis Tom Kisaichi who is the owner, grower and winemaker of the Maboroshi Vineyard in Sonoma, California. Tom is courageous. Without any background of wine-making, he went to France to study wine at the one of the greatest Burgundian wineries in Gevrey Chambertin in 1991 and he opened The Maboroshi Vineyard in Sonoma, California with his wife and business partner Rebecca in 1999. Tom practices the biodynamic agricultural method in his vineyard. As a result, his wine reflects the pure and lively flavors of the soil and that is why wine lovers chase his wine. In this episode, we will discuss how Tom got into wine, how he started his career in wine without any background, why biodynamic methods are important in making great wine, a Japanese wine pioneer in Sonoma in the early 20th century and much, much more!



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    • 45 min
    A Sake Ambassador In Berlin

    A Sake Ambassador In Berlin

    Our guest is Bastian Schwithal who is the CEO and co-founder of Go-Sake based in Berlin, Germany. Since Bastian founded the company in 2017, he has been actively introducing Japanese sake to Germany, which is the kingdom of beer and wine. He also has an award-winning premium sake brand co-produced by traditional Japanese breweries. In this episode, we will discuss how Bastian got into Japanese sake, why he founded his sake company in Berlin, his own award-winning sake brand, how sake is accepted in Germany and much, much more!

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    • 55 min
    Sushi Shokunin: The Life of Sushi Masters

    Sushi Shokunin: The Life of Sushi Masters

    Our guest is Andrea Fazzari, a Tokyo-based James Beard Award- winning photographer and author who specializes in travel and the culinary world.

    Andrea joined us on Episode 113 to discuss her then-new book “TOKYO NEW WAVE: 31 Chefs Defining Japan's Next Generation with Recipes”, which won The 2019 James Beard Foundation Book Awards for photography.

    Andrea just released a fascinating new book - which she photographed, wrote, and co-designed - called “Sushi Shokunin: Japan’s Culinary Masters”, published by Assouline.  Shoknin means craftsman/ artisan and you cannot talk about Japanese cuisine without understanding the craftsmanship running through it.

    Andrea beautifully and insightfully captures the idea of Japanese shokunin in her new book and you can tell her profound understanding of Japanese culture as well as love and passion for it. 

    In this episode, we will discuss the uniqueness of Japanese style craftsmanship, how sushi masters practice it, the concept of Ikigai, which is the backbone of their professional life, how the traditional sushi industry is changing and much, much more!!!

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

TeamWenceslao ,

One of my favorite shows...

I’m a big fan of this show. Akiko brings the best and most interesting guests regarding Japanese cuisine and culture. I’m looking forward to every episode.

bharris320 ,

Knack for the obvious

Material has been covered often elsewhere over the years in various travel/食べ物 books. Though most guests are contemporaneous for the podcast generation. The guests are often cool but recent guy was a real tool, talking about himself while claiming to be humble.

Radiooooooooo preyer ,

I adore this show

First and foremost I really appreciate the ability of host Akiko to connect with guests and let them tell their stories. Also I’m thankful for how she expertly highlights how culinary traditions connect to social influences.

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