Washoku Blog

Welcome to the Washoku Lovers Blog!
Here we will post about Washoku (Japanese Food Culture) from both Japanese and Australian perspectives
by Washoku Writers who are based in Sydney, Australia and in Japan.

Let’s find out how diverse Washoku is!

Fukui Prefecture – combining dinosaurs with food

By kaylamedica, Posted on 13/11/2017


Fukui Prefecture, located in the Chubu region of Honshu Island, has a dinosaur named after it! Yep that’s right, the Fukuiraptor (a raptor, how intense) was discovered in Fukui Prefecture. The capital city is also called Fukui, and the prefecture’s economy is powered by several nuclear power plants and it produces 90% of domestically made…

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Wakayama Prefecture – home of monks

By kaylamedica, Posted on 07/11/2017


Wakayama Prefecture is a visual delight amongst Japan’s scenery. With 600 kilometers of coastline and Shirahama beach and onsen town, lush mountain regions, and a historical significance, it’s known as a very tranquil and peaceful place. Mount Koya, world famous as a place where you can stay at a monastery and live like a monk…

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Omakase sushi degustation by Chef Takumi from Shiki Japanese restaurant

By yuri, Posted on 06/11/2017


Shiki Japanese restaurant

Sunday night in the rainy weather, I didn’t expect so many people to be dining out. Of course it’s not the for all restaurants for sure, especially located in the city. But I found a very popular Japanese restaurant in the Rocks, Shiki Japanese Restaurant. At 6pm on November 5th, there were more than just…

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Fukuoka Prefecture – Ramen, seafood, and cake!

By kaylamedica, Posted on 30/10/2017


Found on Kyushu Island, Fukuoka Prefecture is one of Japan’s main industrial hubs, but it’s also known for some really famous foods like Ichiran ramen and Uncle Tetsu’s cheesecakes. The prefecture is also known for having a lot of yakuza gangs, even more museums, and for being the hometown of best selling pop singer Ayumi…

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Ibaraki Prefecture – the home of natto

By kaylamedica, Posted on 23/10/2017


Ibaraki Prefecture is part of the Kanto region on the main island of Honshu. It borders quite a few other prefectures including Chiba, Saitama, and Tochigi, but it also has a fairly large coastline, and it’s well known for aikido (a martial art), various castle ruins, a particularly strong Shinto culture, and Kairakuen which is…

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Nara Prefecture – yes the place with the deer

By kaylamedica, Posted on 16/10/2017


Nara Prefecture is my personal favourite. It blends traditional Japanese culture and local nature with a modern city centre perfectly. You can be in the heart of the city and just a ten minute walk down one street you’re suddenly in a forest. Nara Prefecture is part of the Kansai region and it’s just east…

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Saitama Prefecture

By kaylamedica, Posted on 09/10/2017


One of the few land locked prefectures, Saitama Prefecture is in the ‘Greater Tokyo Area’ and can be described as being pretty similar to Tokyo. Saitama Prefecture has always been known as a rich agricultural area, though as prices in Tokyo continue to go up, lots of people are moving to Saitama and commuting to…

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Izakaya Samurai’s 4th Anniversary!

By kaylamedica, Posted on 04/10/2017


Congratulations Izakaya Samurai on your 4th anniversary! Washoku Lovers attended the celebrations over the long weekend, and we were really excited to be there on the night. If you haven’t been to Izakaya Samurai before, it’s tucked away on Military Road in Neutral Bay, but it truly is a hidden gem. Great for a family…

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Otsukimi Festival

By Sherina, Posted on 04/10/2017


Today is Tsukimi (月見) or Otsukimi (お月見),  also known as Jugoya (十五夜), is a festival honoring the autumn moon dating back to the Heian era(平安時代). This cultural festival spreaded from the Chinese culture as a variant of the Mid-Autumn Festival. The celebration of the full moon typically takes place on the 15th day of the eighth…

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Chef Miura’s guide to Imperadore Fish

By yuri, Posted on 03/10/2017


Imperadore fish is called nanyo kinmedai (南洋金目鯛) in Japanese, and winter is the best season to eat it. For our Washoku Lovers Seafood Guide, I regularly visit the Sydney Fish Market to find out what’s in season. Going often means I get to meet skilled chefs there, such as Chef Miura from Rosan and a…

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