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!

Miyazaki Prefecture

By kaylamedica, Posted on 15/01/2018

In the south of Japan, Miyazaki Prefecture sits on the eastern coast of Kyushu Island. It’s a scenic region that was once the top honeymoon destination for Japanese newlyweds in the 70s, and Miyazaki Shrine is where the mysterious first emperor of Japan, Emperor Jimmu, is enshrined. There’s not a lot of tourism in Miyazaki…


Yamanashi Prefecture

By kaylamedica, Posted on 09/01/2018

Yamanashi Prefecture is located right in the middle of Japan’s main island, Honshu. It’s one of the few landlocked prefectures, shares a border with Shizuoka Prefecture and as such part of Mount Fuji is in Yamanashi Prefecture. Be prepared for a lot of jewellery and robotics when you visit – these are the two largest…


Mie Prefecture – home of the sun goddess

By kaylamedica, Posted on 02/01/2018

Mie Prefecture houses the biggest and most important god in Japanese mythology, Amaterasu the sun goddess and mother of the other gods and goddesses! You can visit the shrine (which is huge and was built in the 7th century!) dedicated to her in the city of Ise. The prefecture has five major geographical regions –…


Ramen Toriichi, Sydney’s newest ramen joint

By kaylamedica, Posted on 26/12/2017

Ramen Toriichi is about to become your new favourite ramen shop. While Sydney has been going crazy for tonkotsu pork broth ramen, Toriichi has been developing the recipe for their rich chicken broth. While chicken broth isn’t anything new, here in Sydney we’re most accustomed to clear chicken broths. Toriichi is a chicken paitan specialist – thick,…


Okayama Prefecture, Momotaro’s hometown

By kaylamedica, Posted on 19/12/2017

Okayama Prefecture is located on the main island of Japan, Honshu, in the Chugoku region, a small area near Hiroshima. Okayama Prefecture is best known for a local type of pottery and swordsmithing, though you may be more familiar with the story of Momotaro (peach boy). It is said that the story, whereby Momotaro is…


Gojima Turns One!

By kaylamedica, Posted on 15/12/2017

Chase Kojima’s Gojima has turned one! It’s hard to believe it has only been a year since Gojima opened at the Star in Sydney. Chase’s famous sushi burgers were inspired by “wanting to create something new” , and that passion for inventing and experimenting really shines through the food. Washoku Lovers attended the anniversary celebrations, where…


Shiga Prefecture, a secluded paradise

By kaylamedica, Posted on 11/12/2017

Shiga Prefecture is located just to the East of Kyoto Prefecture, and aside from geography they also share in being some of the great representations of what makes Japan, Japan. Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan, is a huge part of Shiga Prefecture’s charm and the landscape features heavily in traditional poetry and historical…


Niigata Prefecture, a snowy foodie heaven

By kaylamedica, Posted on 04/12/2017

You’ll find Niigata Prefecture on the coast of the Sea of Japan in the Chuubu region of the main island, Honshu. You might know the capital city, also called Niigata, as the host city of Fuji Rock music festival, surprisingly nowhere near mount Fuji! Agriculture is the biggest industry here, but the prefecture is also…


Kagoshima Prefecture, the Hawaii of Japan

By kaylamedica, Posted on 27/11/2017

Kagoshima Prefecture is on the southern island of Kyushu. The prefecture is historically an important place for Japan’s navy and was endorsed as a travel destination by super popular model and personality, Rola. With a huge coastline, a number of islands, and several active volcanos, there are a number of foods that are prized in…


Akita Prefecture regional foods

By kaylamedica, Posted on 20/11/2017

Akita Prefecture is part of the northern region of Tohoku on the main island, Honshu. Being so far north, it’s a great winter destination and it’s very secluded for that cabin in the woods feel. Because of the seclusion, Akita Prefecture is experiencing population decline. It’s a very traditional region, most of the economy is…