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!

Tochigi Prefecture – Scenic and historic!

By kaylamedica, Posted on 02/10/2017

Located in the Kanto region of Honshu island, Tochigi Prefecture is home to Nikko (a famous city with a number of attractions such as memorials for Tokugawa Ieyasu, Shinkyo bridge, the three wise monkeys, onsen, and the historical themepark Edo Wonderland), Kegon waterfall, and for having the only IndyCar race outside the U.S. as well…


Miyagi Prefecture – largest producer of oysters!

By kaylamedica, Posted on 25/09/2017

Miyagi Prefecture is part of the Tohoku region in northern Honshu (the main island of Japan) and its capital city, Sendai, is the largest city in Tohoku. The 2011 tsunami hit Miyagi Prefecture, but despite this disaster Miyagi Prefecture has recovered and is a beautiful holiday destination. One of the ‘3 great views of Japan’…


Sydney Fish Market behind the scenes

By yuri, Posted on 19/09/2017

Sydney Fish Market is very different to Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo even though it’s the largest fish market in the Southern Hemisphere, and the second largest fish market in the world when it comes to diversity of produce available. Every day, 55,000kg of seafood is traded with over 100 different species available to buy.…


Kumamoto Prefecture – Kumamon’s home town!

By kaylamedica, Posted on 18/09/2017

Kumamon is Kumamoto Prefecture’s mascot, and he’s incredibly popular not just in Japan but also on the internet. What might be surprising about the loveable black bear is that the mascot was only introduced in 2010! Kumamoto Prefecture is located in Kyushu, at the bottom of Japan. Some of the tourist attractions – aside from…


Takoyaki -authentic Osaka style-

By yuri, Posted on 12/09/2017

Takoyaki at Kirribilli Market

If you love Takoyaki you may know where it comes from – Osaka! I am also from Osaka, we have so much passion for Takoyaki in my home town 🙂  We eat Takoyaki as a snack or lunch for little kids, and one Takoyaki machine at each home is normal so we can enjoy Takoyaki…


Washoku Lovers Booking system -Japanese restaurants online booking- starts today!

By yuri, Posted on 05/09/2017


Hello spring! We hope all of you enjoy this beautiful season with lots of fun and delicious Washoku foods 🙂 From September 1st, we are excited to launch the beta of Washoku Lovers Booking system. From now until the end of November, we invite you all to make a reservation at either Izakaya Samurai in Neutral…


Ki-Yan’s Kyoto Part 7 – Doyanen

By Marta Wawrzyniak-Ijichi, Posted on 05/09/2017

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Today’s post is part 7 of the series Ki-Yan’s Kyoto – Washoku restaurants, café & shops featuring the extravagant izakaya-style bar Doyanen located in the northern part of Kyoto. Just a reminder, in this series I am sharing with you some Washoku restaurants, cafes and shops located in Kyoto, which are introduced in my latest…


Tottori Prefecture – the least populous prefecture

By kaylamedica, Posted on 21/08/2017

You’ll find Tottori Prefecture in the Chugoko region of western Japan, and it has some really interesting facts about it. First of all, it has the lowest population of all the Japanese prefectures, and secondly the name Tottori comes from “catching birds” because the area was well known for its bird population. It’s also the…


Kagawa Prefecture – amazing nature and foods

By kaylamedica, Posted on 15/08/2017

Kagawa Prefecture is located on Shikoku Island, near the main island Honshu. Kagawa is actually the smallest prefecture in all of Japan, but it packs a big punch in terms of things to do. Bordered by the Seto Inland Sea and the Sanuki mountains, Kagawa has a variety of sceneries to enjoy. If you like…


Koji Koike Dishes Up Sushi in Singapore

By yuri, Posted on 04/08/2017

Eat it now!

I recently visited Singapore because I was curious to know about Sushi chef Koji Koike. He opened Sushi 36 (Sabu Roku), in early 2017. Chef Koike is passionate about bringing sushi culture to the next level, “NOBU raised the world’s awareness of sushi culture with the California sushi roll. Nowadays, people all over the world…