What does washoku mean? It is the Japanese word for traditional food. Sounds simple enough, but there is a lot more to it than that. Washoku also refers to the ingredients, preparation, and food-culture that surrounds this amazing cuisine.
A lot has happened since I started this blog in the summer of 2015. Though it started as a way for me to share my own personal story of learning to cook Japanese food, it has evolved into a blog where I share my greatest obsession, a love of Japanese culture. Whether I am explaining what the origins of emoji are or describing the history of candy in Japan, I always love learning more about this amazing country and sharing it with my readers.
And though the experience has been worth it simply for its own merit, it paid off more than I could imagine. In the spring of 2017, a Japanese television show found me through my blog and I was given the amazing opportunity to travel to Japan and film an episode with them. Though I was unable to write about it until the episode aired, I am now able to do so and have been recording my experience here.
Here is a selection of some of my blog posts. For more content, go to the Archive page.
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...I told her I was fine with everything, though, I really don't like sea urchin. This is perfectly true, I think it is the grossest thing on the planet, with the texture of cold butter blended with raw egg whites, and a flavor reminiscent of the fishiest fish you have ever eaten mixed with petroleum. Not to mention it looks like a slimy orange turd. So, yeah, not a fan. Needless to say, I was non-to-pleased to see this scourge of the ocean sitting on a plate next to me...
Read about my time on a Japanese tv show
- Japan Trip One: The Email
- Japan Trip Two: Filming at My House
- Japan Trip Three: The Grocery Store
- Japan Trip Four: The Biggest Challenge
- Japan Trip Five: Kamaboko Rainbow!
- Japan Trip Six: Arrival
- Japan Trip Seven: A Mysterious Destination
- Japan Trip Eight: First Impressions of Goto Island
- Japan Trip Nine: Hamaguchi Suisan
- Japan Trip Ten: An Evening with the Hamaguchi family Part One
- Japan Trip Eleven: An Evening With the Hamaguchi Family Part Two
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