„Kawaii, ne?”–Cute, isn’t it?!

I suppose all of us have seen–or at least caught a glimpse of–manga comics or anime cartoons. If not, I am absolutely sure that almost everybody would recognize Pikachu’s figure or have come across the Hello Kitty-phenomenon. What it all comes down to is, there is  a certain childlike quality that define these cartoon characters: […]

The mysteries of Japanese cuisine–mirin, the secret ingredient

I wonder how many of us (us meaning fans of Asian cuisine) have wondered what makes Asian–actually, Japanese- dishes so different in taste. Ramen or teriyaki, and even miso are so uniquely distinct from what we are used to…but how so? To answer the question one has to be a bit of a gourmand…or just […]

Tokyo’s treasures: Nakameguro– life on the riverside

As I was reading about the fascinating parts of Tokyo–each astonishing in its own right–, I came across the district of Nakameguro. I immediately knew this was just the place for me, so if I could ever visit this amazing city, I would make sure to go and check it out. The jewel in Nakameguro’s […]

Stuffy days in Japan: the rainy season

After the spring months of high wind and sunshine, summer begins in Japan. However,it would be wrong to think it is anything like the summer of dry heat and beach weather known to Hungary; in Japan, summer commences with a rainy interval, followed by a period of heat and humidity, from the beginning of June […]

Tasting Japan: A Map of Regional Dishes Part I.

377,973.89 km2, about 127 million people and a cuisine that is based on traditional recipes, seasonal ingredients and a wide range of regional meals that make Japanese gastronomy so diverse. Let’s take a look at some of these specialties: in the first part of our article, our destinations are Kyoto, Sapporo, Tokyo and Osaka.