Culture Shock: Nigiri Sushi Etiquette

There are several japanese table manners that should be adhered in the country. One intriguing one is NOT mixing wasabi and soy sauce when eating sushi. Doing so could overpower the taste of the fish, offending the chef. In addition, it could also mess its presentation, ruin the taste of soy sauce and  wasabi. Instead, a small amount […]

Essentialised Japanese Cuisine: Washoku.

There are several stereotypes about Japanese people but an outrageous one is that they all eat whale meat or sushi all day long. Clearly, while be sushi, udon and ramen are our initial impressions of Japanese food, these don’t represent what all possible foods in Japan are. Even the ‘essences’ of Japanese cuisine, or washoku, as represented from Japanese restaurants […]

Tradition vs Ecology: Shark finning

In Japan, shark fin soup, or fukahire, is regarded as a status symbol and delicacy. The shark finning industry in Japan feeds Chinese demand – and it is literally driving sharks to extinction, as the fins are hacked and the bodies discarded at sea. In Shibuya, the heart of Tokyo, Spanish artist Pejac has created street art to embody this shifting paradigm. The […]