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!

Yamagata Prefecture – abundant with local produce

By kaylamedica, Posted on 24/07/2017

Revisiting the northern Tohoku Region, we’re now in Yamagata Prefecture! The capital city, also named Yamagata, was very prosperous during the Edo Period, famous for its many castles, the Fujiwara family who ruled the area during the Heian Period, and a feature in a few famous haiku poems. Yamagata Prefecture has long summers and winters…


Tokushima Prefecture – whirlpools, ramen, and puppets

By kaylamedica, Posted on 17/07/2017

The first feature from Shikoku is Tokushima Prefecture! Shikoku is the smallest of the four main islands of Japan, and Tokushima Prefecture is known for a number of things. Agriculture is their largest industry, and they are the largest produces of lotus and cauliflower in all of Japan but they also produce rice, carrots, and…


Shimane Prefecture – Home of the gods

By kaylamedica, Posted on 10/07/2017

The first feature from the Chugoku Region is Shimane Prefecture! Located right next to Hiroshima, it includes a number of islands, a mountain range, two large lakes, and a number of national parks. Rice is produced in the mountainous areas, and seafood from the ocean. It’s not just nature though and the area has a…


Hyogo Prefecture – More than just Kobe beef!

By kaylamedica, Posted on 03/07/2017

Hyogo Prefecture borders Kyoto and Osaka, two of the most well known and distinct prefectures, yet still manages to be a well loved tourist destination. Hyogo’s two biggest attractions are without doubt Kobe beef and Himeji Castle, but there’s quite a lot of other stuff too! Hyogo Prefecture has a number of notable onsets and…


Tofu types, what are the differences?

By yuri, Posted on 29/06/2017


Tofu is a rapidly growing product these days as a plant based protein.  Tofu has mainly 2 types, silken and firm, that you can find in the supermarket. What is the difference? Production Silken Tofu – Made slowly by pouring soy milk into a mould and compacting it. Because it becomes hardened over time, the…


Okinawa Prefecture – Japan’s tropical heaven

By kaylamedica, Posted on 19/06/2017

Spread over 1,000km and over 100 island, Okinawa Prefecture is known as one of Japan’s best holiday destinations thanks to it’s tropical climate and southern location. Considering Japan’s status as an ancient culture, Okinawa’s place in Japan’s history is relatively recent, becoming fully incorporated into Japan as a country in 1879. Previous to that, Okinawa…


Aichi Prefecture – Nagoya Meshi

By kaylamedica, Posted on 14/06/2017

Aichi Prefecture is a large hub between the Chubu and Tokai regions, with Nagoya as the capital city. You might know Nagoya as one of the main shinkansen stations to change at, but it also has a rich history and one of the most distinct regional cuisines in all of Japan. There’s a number of…


Kanagawa Prefecture – Shonan beaches and Chinatown

By kaylamedica, Posted on 05/06/2017

Located just south of Tokyo, Kanagawa Prefecture is a popular day trip destination and it’s only one hour from Shinjuku station! It’s home to the Shonan Fujisawa region which is popular for surfing, and a major attraction is Enoshima Island. Yokohama is the capital city, other popular locations are Hakone and Kamakura. Each city has…


Lotus Root Health Benefits & Recipe

By yuri, Posted on 29/05/2017

Lotus root

I was excited to find lotus root in Australia, which is one of my favourite vegetables! I would like to share with you all about the lotus root, its many health benefits, and how to cook it at home. Have you seen lotus root before? Lotus root, as the name suggests, is the root of lotus…


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…