Fall is the time of year known for changing leaves, cooling temperatures, and, in the west, the start of the holiday season. Folks bundle up, bake special holiday treats and tell each other autumnal folktales and spooky ghost stories. In Japan, there are many celebrations and stories that go along with the fall season as well. Read on to see how Japan celebrates the fall season.

Tsukimi

Tsukimi, or Otsukimi, is a moon-viewing festival celebrated on two different occasions every year. The full moon is usually viewed on the 15th day of the 8th month, according to the Japanese lunar calendar…


Move over, peas, carrots and corn; there’s some new veggies in town. If you’re having trouble getting your Daily Five (that is, the five servings of fruits and vegetables recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), you might want to swap out your old stand-bys to revamp your diet. We’ve got just the veggies for you.

Renkon (Lotus Root)

The lotus or water lily is a common motif in many Asian cultures, including China, Japan and India. Revered for its beauty, it is also thought to have medicinal uses as well. However, you might be surprised to find that the…


Everyone knows that eating with a friend at a restaurant is better than eating alone at a restaurant, right? Even if it’s only to avoid the looks you imagine waiters are giving you when you’re not looking. While avoiding judgment from wait staff may or may not be a perk of dining with a friend, it turns out there are very real benefits from sharing a meal with others. As society becomes busier, meal replacement solutions are being touted as a way to increase productivity and improve your hustle. However, science is repeatedly showing you’re better off taking time away…


What’s your favorite Japanese food? Is it crispy katsu on top of a warm bowl of rice? Maybe it’s a big bowl of silky curry with veggies. Or how about okonomiyaki straight off the grill? It might surprise you, but none of these are traditional Japanese dishes — these are what is known as yoshoku or “Western-style” foods that have been adapted to Japanese tastes.

But if these popular Japanese foods are “Western-style”, what is traditional Japanese cuisine?

Washoku

Washoku (translated to “food from Japan”) is as much a philosophy as it is a culinary tradition. Washoku places heavy emphasis on…


Where to Find Okonomiyaki in the L.A./Orange County Area

Okonomiyaki is a hard-to-find treat in the U.S. unless you already know how to make it at home. Fortunately for you, we’ve scoured the Southland to find the best okonomiyaki restaurants that will deliver the pancake piping hot, right to your table.

Chinchikurin

2119 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Photocredit: @FoodieonFleek (Instagram)

Chinchikurin is an okonomiyaki shop specializing in Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki. They are currently participating in Otafuku’s mentorship program, which provides assistance to restaurateurs who want to open okonomiyaki restaurants. If you go, you might see a familiar face on the plates and spatulas (hint: it’s us). Chinchikurin has its own…


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Everyone knows that eating with a friend at a restaurant is better than eating alone at a restaurant, right? Even if it’s only to avoid the looks you imagine waiters are giving you when you’re not looking. While avoiding judgment from wait staff may or may not be a perk of dining with a friend, it turns out there are very real benefits from sharing a meal with others. As society becomes busier, meal replacement solutions are being touted as a way to increase productivity and improve your hustle. However, science is repeatedly showing you’re better off taking time away…

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