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April 2012

Food, Glorious Japanese Food

Food, Glorious Japanese Food  ( HTML : English / Japanese )

What is it about Japanese food that so appeals to people overseas? In this month's feature we seek to answer that question, beginning with a visit to the Tokyo Sushi Academy, which attracts budding sushi chefs from around the world.

The Gentle Power of Umami  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(177KB)

Yoshihiro Murata, chef and owner of Michelin three-star restaurant Kikunoi in Kyoto and director of the NPO Japanese Culinary Academy, answers our questions.

A Taste of Tohoku  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(353KB)

Three Japanese chefs brought the flavors of Japan's Tohoku region to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January. What was their approach to this year's Japan Night?

Out to Lunch  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(209KB)

The varied tastes of ordinary Japanese people may best be observed at lunchtime...

The Superior Cafeteria  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(165KB)

Measuring equipment manufacturer Tanita has brought its innovative on-site cafeteria to the wider health-conscious Japanese public with the opening of the Marunouchi Tanita Shokudo restaurant in Tokyo.

Your Favorite Japanese Foods  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(384KB)

A survey of foreign readers of the Highlighting JAPAN website revealed a clear winner of the title of "Favorite Japanese Food." We list your Top Ten.

Quality and Safety Assured  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(117KB)

Yoshikazu Kojima, director of the Export Promotion Division of MAFF, comments on the expanding exports of Japanese food and agriculture, forestry and fishery products.

Remembering March 11  ( HTML : English / Japanese )

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda attended a ceremony in Tokyo on
March 11 to mark the one-year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake. This article reviews some of the prime minister's comments on this and other recent assignments.

Japan Media Arts Festival: The Great Exhibition  ( HTML : English / Japanese )

A review of winning works at the 15th Japan Media Arts Festival

AuthaGraph World Map Offers New Perspective  ( HTML : English / Japanese )

Introducing the revolutionary AuthaGraph World Map

American Innkeeper Preserving a Traditional Inn  ( HTML : English / Japanese )

American Tyler Lynch runs a traditional Japanese inn in a hot spring resort in Nagano Prefecture. What brought him to this part of the world?

THE NATION'S MUSEUMS  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(251KB)

Tools of the warrior and cultural artifacts of the connoisseur are on display side by side at the Tokugawa Art Museum in Nagoya.

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