All tagged Japan Food Artisans
By sustainably farming a sencha green tea with a naturally unique flavor and serving it up at Tea Stand Gen, Genki Takahashi is reaffirming the important cultural role of green tea in Japan as a bond with nature and between people in addition to providing a soothing and healthy cup of tea.
An aromatic, beautiful, and delicious full-bodied alcohol made from rice, artisanal hon-mirin has an essential role in the pantheon of fermented Japanese seasonings by virtue of its flavor-extending umami and complex sweet-savory flavors created by the Maillard reaction. It is also a delicious and healthy liquor to drink.
When Atsuka Uegami started making marmalade to create a new use for Osakishimojima’s famous citrus, she didn’t expect to inspire marmalade fans across Japan or that she would win an award at the “World’s Original Marmalade Awards” held annually in Britain.
Trained by their blind grandfather to work by hand as much as by eye, the brothers Ryuhei and Yohei are making intensely rich, nutritious, and robust koji that cooks can use to easily make delicious miso and other fermented foods at home.
One of the few remaining artisanal soy brewers on the western islands of the Seto Inland Sea, Okamoto makes a classic style of soy sauce that adds a touch of heartiness as well as a special taste-of-place flavor to the region’s traditionally light and ingredient-oriented home cooking.
Iio Jozo Brewery’s unique range of beautifully-flavored, all-natural, umami-enriched rice vinegars has redefined rice vinegar’s role in the modern Japanese pantry, becoming a key seasoning used by cooks to create Japan’s light, yet rich tasting cuisine.
Japanese soy sauce’s powerful role in all kinds of cooking as a pure concentrated form of plant-based umami seasoning is being underpinned by a new generation of high quality, all-natural, artisanal soy sauces that come in a range of styles and a wide variety of nuanced flavors.
Over the past forty years, Iio Jozo Brewery has redefined what high quality, artisanal rice vinegar is and its role in Japan's cuisine. Now, under Iio Jozo's sponsorship, chef Yasuhiko Shige is demonstrating how these rice vinegars can be used to subtly showcase the fresh flavors of the Sea of Japan's famous seafood through his inspired cooking at Aceto, a new Sicilian-Japanese restaurant located in northern Kyoto prefecture.
As part of a community-led program of marine ecotourism that is successfully bringing new life to the fishing village of Ine while preserving the integrity of its traditions, the fishermen of Ine have opened their unique funaya boathouse-residences to guests so that they can experience the camaraderie, delicious seafood, and beautiful marine world that the fishermen have enjoyed for centuries.
A fifth generation soy sauce brewer and master builder of the large wooden barrels (kioke) traditionally used in Japan to ferment foods, Yasuo Yamamoto is proving the flavor benefits of the kioke barrels by the deep, dark, overwhelming savoriness of the classic style of soy sauce that he is making with them at Yamaroku Soy Sauce.
In a farmhouse on the outskirts of northwest Kyoto, Chef Shigeru Muroi is redefining Japanese cuisine and fine dining by restoring the primacy of place, flavor, and beauty to vegetables in his cooking and serving his delicious and complex creations in an elegant yet comfortable and affordable manner.