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


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

All About Azuki, The Traditional Japanese Red Bean Dessert

The dessert is made form azuki, which is a type of bean commonly grown in East Asia and the Himalayan region. It is seen as healthy alternative to many sweets, as it is rich in dietary fiber and protein. Like with many Japanese dishes, red bean soup is considered seasonal and is typically consumed during the winter time. Historically, it was served at kanmi-dokoros, a type of sweets restaurant…Continue reading

Hamaguri Seawater Clams

Hamaguri clams have long been regarded as one of Japan’s most popular seafood products. Pre-modern Japanese travelers along the Tōkaidō would stop at Kuwana and eat fresh catches of hamaguri clams, usually baked or grilled.  It was customary to stop at Kuwana and order a portion of clams…Continue reading


Abekawa Mochi Cakes

Abekawa Rice Cakes (Abekawa mochi) are a type of Japanese snack made out of pounded glutinous rice and kinako flour (1). They are small, round, and bite sized, sometimes served with a lump of red bean paste or with a large lump of sugar (2). kinako flour is flour made from roasted soybeans, sometimes with added sugar and spices…Continue reading

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Black Saké Rice Wine

The weather and quality of nature of the Hakoné region are perfect for the production of saké. Similar to beer, saké is a type of brewed alcoholic drink (from rice grain), which depending on the steps taken in its fermenting process, can be manipulated to create a wide range of saké types…Continue reading