Articles

  • Kirinzan Shuzo / A Toast To Rememb...

    With over 170 years of history in perfecting the art of sake-making, Kirinzan Shuzo is one of the largest breweries in the Niigata prefecture. President Shuntaro Saito, the seventh-generation owner of...

  • CHEF EMMANUEL STROOBANT / Cultural...

    “French and Japanese cuisine have a lot in common, especially when it comes to seasonal ingredients. For instance, mushroom season happens at the same time in Japan and France. Both cultures are also ...

  • Nature’s Paradise

    Of all the facets of Sado, the one thing that touched Oishii contributing writer Tan Lili the most is the island’s spectacular natural beauty. Read on to find out why. “As a nature lover, the sight...

  • You Say “Sweet Potato”, We Say “Sa...

    With its conspicuous reddish-purple skin, it is impossible to miss satsumaimo (Japanese sweet potato) when you see it. But what truly sets it apart from the American sweet potato is what lies beneath ...

  • She’s On A Roll!

    Food artist Takayo Kiyota, better known as Tama-chan, has taken the unassuming Makizushi to breathtaking new heights with her avant-garde designs. Following the launch of her first book “Smiling Sushi...

  • NAGASAKI’S STORY – Fri...

    A museum in Nagasaki proves that it is possible for a friendship to endure forever. Shoukichi Umeya(left), Sun Yat-sen(centre), Toku Umeya(right) photo owned by Ayano Kosaka The Nagasaki Museu...

  • The Magical Sado Island

    Located 45 kilometres off the coast of Niigata prefecture, in the Chubu region of Japan, Sado Island is the sixth largest island in the country. It consists of two parallel mountain ranges – the Osado...

  • Falling for Japan

    Amazing food, eye-popping festivals … there is really no better time to visit Japan than in Autumn. Autumn is commonly known in Japan as 食欲の秋 (shokuyoku no aki), which means the “season of eating”....

  • Vim, Vigour, and Vinegar

    The beauty of Japanese vinegar is it’s not just used in cooking, but for a myriad of other purposes as well. Japanese vinegar is one of the five key ingredients used in Japanese cooking, and can be...

  • Baking Dreams Come True

    When it comes to baking, the Japanese do give the Westerners a run for their money. Think delicate cakes, crusty breads and pillowy soft buns made with equal doses of love and precision. ...

  • Ms. Lena Sim / Lessons FROM JAPAN

    Lena Sim, founder and CEO of Ministry of Food is a true survivor. Abandoned by her parents as a baby, she grew up poor but that didn’t deter her. After leaving her first job, Lena traveled to Japan wh...

  • A Piece of Sado

    Because souvenirs are truly the best way to share the memories and joy of your trip with friends and family....