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!

Gifu Prefecture – Swords, Onsens, and Hida Beef

By kaylamedica, Posted on 23/05/2017

Right in the centre of Honshu island, Gifu Prefecture is landlocked and surround by seven other prefectures. Within Gifu Prefecture is a number of smaller regions, consisting of the loosely defined Seino, Gifu, Chuno, Tono, and Hida areas. The most famous region is Hida, known for including the popular tourist destination Takayama and the city…


Kyoto Prefecture – Geisha, Temples, and Soba

By kaylamedica, Posted on 16/05/2017

Kyoto Prefecture is super famous. There’s no dispute there. Found in the middle of Honshu Island and with its own distinct dialect and Kansai flair, it’s a huge tourist destination. It was previously the capital of Japan, and unlike most other prefectures, it has the suffix –fu instead of –ken (most prefectures are called name-ken to…


Neil Perry’s new dishes at Sake Restaurant & Bar

By yuri, Posted on 15/05/2017

neil perry

Washoku Lovers met Chef Neil Perry at Fire 2.0, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, and we were very fortunate to have the great opportunity to see him again and try his new dishes at Sake Restaurant & Bar at The Rocks. First of all, I was very interested to…


Hokkaido – Good for all 4 seasons

By kaylamedica, Posted on 08/05/2017

Hokkaido is actually technically not a “prefecture”. Prefecture names always end in -ken (県) but Hokkaido ends in -do (道) which means “circuit”. Hokkaido is the northern most island of Japan, and the capital city is Sapporo. I was lucky enough to have a week to spend in Sapporo quite recently and I went looking…


Kodomo no Hi – Children’s Day

By Sherina, Posted on 03/05/2017

In Japan, Children’s Day or Kodomo no Hi is a national holiday where children are respected and honoured. This day is celebrated every year on May 5th to wish the children individual strength and happiness. It was originally a day of celebration for boys, but this was changed in 1948 to celebrate the health and growth of…


Chiba Prefecture – Fly in for the eel

By kaylamedica, Posted on 02/05/2017

Chiba Prefecture is right next door to Tokyo, literally. If you have flown in to Narita airport or gone to Disney Land, then you’ve technically visited Chiba! Despite being one of the biggest gateways to Japan for foreigners, most people don’t stay here when they arrive. Narita City in particular has a lot of things…


Marrying unique sushi with white wine at Toshiya, Cremorne

By yuri, Posted on 27/04/2017

Toshiya, Japanese restaurants, at Cremorne

Toshiya-san, of Toshiya Japanese restaurant, proudly says “we just released the new sushi menu”, and I can’t wait to try his new creation! I took my parents, who are visiting from Japan, to Toshiya to try the Spicy Lobster Volcano Roll and some nigiri sushi! My mum was excited to see this plating as she…


Aomori Prefecture

By kaylamedica, Posted on 26/04/2017

Part of the northern Tohoku region of Japan, Aomori Prefecture is at the very tip of Honshu, the main island of Japan. Named after green forests, Aomori has beautiful scenery with vast national parks, temples, onsen, and produces Aomori apples – they’re actually the largest producers of apples in all of Japan. 3 hours from Tokyo…


5 reasons why Japanese Food, washoku, is very healthy

By yuri, Posted on 18/04/2017

Japanese food, well balanced meal

You must know Japanese food is healthy, right? But, did you know there are 5 reasons why Japanese food is good for your health? Some people don’t care abut what they are eating, but I believe that people are coming to Washoku Lovers (thank you for visiting!) because you care about the food you eat, and…


Saga Prefecture – Ariaka Sea and Genkai Sea

By kaylamedica, Posted on 11/04/2017

Not far from last week’s post about Oita Prefecture is Saga Prefecture. Located on the southern most island, Kyushu, Saga has a rich history in craftsmanship and particularly in ceramics. It’s also split up into distinct East, Central, North, and West areas. You can get the Kyushu Shinkansen to Shin-Tosu Station and then travel around…