Saké Rice Wine in Hakone

Hakone is a mountainous region in Japan famous for its hot springs and saké breweries. They have perfected many variations of saké, using different rice grains, filtering methods, and aging techniques. There are even versions where bamboo charcoal is used to darken the saké to create a special edition drink…Continue reading

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Konnyaku in Japanese Cuisine, Medicine, and Literature

Konnyaku is a jelly made from a type of potato native to East Asia. Originally, it was believed to have various medicinal properties, and was frequently prescribed by Buddhist monks, who often played the role of doctors. From here, it became widely eaten among the Japanese population, and is still eaten by many Japanese even today…Continue reading