Japanese Cuisine 日本 料理

A Poetical Pursuit of Food [1]
Harmony for the Palate and the Eye

–“All Japanese food needs its setting.” — Sir John Pilcher, H.M. Ambassador to Japan [2]

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see 20 percent of Americans eating sushi as part of their regular diet in 10 or 15 years.” — Boye De Mente, 1987 [3]

Tosa Sake for New Year

Japanese food is one of the great cuisines of the Pacific Rim — and the world. Its popularity is leaping over national boundaries. Japanese cuisine is about Continue reading

Purple Perilla

A Poisonous Weed for Fairy Gardens?
Or an Edible Dyestuff?

Purple Perilla Plant

Purple Perilla is the purple-leafed variety of the more familiar Green Perilla.  People often call Perilla by its Japanese name Shiso. 紫蘇   It’s also called Beefsteak Plant, and the green variety has a lot of uses, especially in Continue reading