Japanese Desserts to Try 

Whether you’re visiting Japan, or you’re at home and would like to try something a bit different, the world of Japanese desserts can seem more than a little strange to western palates. Whereas in the west – particularly the UK and USA – we tend to emphasise intensely sweet desserts, the Japanese approach is typically more delicate and slightly more savoury. This can make it a bit of an unexpected surprise when you bite into a desert in Japan, so I thought it might be useful to go through some of the more popular desserts and let you know why you should give them a try.  (more…)

Vegetarian Japanese Meals 

Traditionally Japan has been a haven for vegetarians. In fact, for 1200 years of its existence until 1872, it was illegal to eat meat (typically red meat) in Japan. While the traditional definition of vegetarianism in Japan has permitted the consumption of fish, there are lots of choices out there for western vegetarians and vegans to eat as well. (more…)