When Suntory’s Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 scooped a 2015 award for the world’s best whisky, it placed Japan firmly in the whisky premier league. While Jim Murray’s influential Whisky Bible accolade surprised the uninitiated, insiders knew Japanese whisky had finally come of age. Around the time Jim Murray described the award-winning Yamazaki as […]
What to Eat First When You Arrive in Japan?
The question that always comes to mind when I arrive back in Japan. What am I going to eat first? I think my wife gets some pleasure by looking at my facial expression when she asks ‘where will we go to eat?’ Like a kid in a candy store, my mind starts racing away; sushi, […]
Tondo Matsuri: New Year’s Osaka Food & Restaurants Festival
People from Osaka love their food so how could I resist a classified ad for ‘Japan’s Best Food Stalls’. Fine foods from restaurants in the city, like an Osaka food tour where all the culinary delights are in one place. It was a cold day in early January when I set off for Tondo Matsuri. […]