A long time ago, when I used to live in New York, there was a 2 hour long block of Japanese programming every morning from 7 to 9 on UHF channel 31 (I've forgotten what station that was). The programming originated from Fuji Sankei TV. The first hour was taken up by the news and such. The second hour was devoted to entertainment programming. One of the shows they aired was called Ryouri no Tetsujin (料理の鉄人). This was the original Iron Chef.

As I'm now re-booting my food blogs again, I thought I'd start off with a little musing about the future direction of this site as well as JustBento.

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Basics: Japanese soy sauce - all you need to know (and then some)


I'm still working on getting my sites organized in the background, not to mention my kitchen operational. In the meantime, please enjoy this updated and revised look at Japanese soy sauce. An exhaustive look at Japanese soy sauce. Originally published in December 2011.

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Essayist, journalist, screenwriter and movie director Nora Ephron passed away yesterday at the age of 71. She wrote about the joy of food as well as anyone.

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Back to basics.

Printable cards for communicating dietary restrictions in Japan

IMG Dining out card

A selection of print and cut cards to communicate your dietary requirements and restrictions in Japanese. I've edited it to add some more information about food product labeling.

Type:  feature Filed under:  restaurants vegetarian vegan japan travel health and weight loss printables allergies


Renovating a house is a huge pain. Kitchen planning is the worst part.

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This month's Japan Times article is about all the raw-protein foods that are eaten in Japan, and consuming them safely, plus how to make a great plate of sashimi. More on both topics below.


What it's like to have endometrial (uteran) cancer.

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More from my sketch diary.

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