The idea of "mottainai" is deeply ingrained in Japanese culture, and reflects the belief that resources should be valued and waste avoided. At Shotengai, we strive to uphold this ethos by promoting sustainable products and minimizing waste wherever possible.
From street vendors to fine restaurants, the presence of korokke is everywhere. Its irresistible combination of a crispy exterior and a soft, creamy filling has captured the affection of the Japanese people. Originally inspired by French cuisine, korokke has seamlessly integrated into Japanese culinary culture, evolving into various regional versions across Japan.
Geta has woven itself into the fabric of Japanese culture. Its evolution from a practical solution for muddy terrain to a symbol of cultural identity showcases the adaptability and timelessness of this traditional footwear. Geta remains a captivating embodiment of Japanese craftsmanship and heritage, leaving an indelible mark on the world of fashion and culture.
Japanese curry, known as "kare" in Japan, is a beloved and comforting dish. It is a unique and delicious interpretation of curry, with a rich, mildly spiced, and slightly sweet flavor that has captured the hearts of people in Japan and beyond.
Barley Tea (mugicha) is a soothing and refreshing beverage deeply intertwined with Japanese culture and history. Its mild and soothing flavor, along with its numerous health benefits, makes it a beloved beverage for people of all ages.
There's so much beauty and meaning contained within a simple, perfectly formed origami paper square. The art form's universality, therapeutic benefits, and cultural significance make it a captivating and timeless practice.
Somen noodles hold a special place in Japanese culture, as they are closely associated with family gatherings and celebrations. In Japan, it is a cherished tradition to enjoy somen during the summer months, often at festivals, picnics, and family reunions.
Spanning over 580,000 square meters, Shinjuku Gyoen encompasses Japanese, French formal, and English landscape gardens. Its rich history, distinctive garden styles, and cultural significance make it a must-visit destination for anyone exploring Tokyo.
Yokan is a classic Japanese confection with a history spanning over 1000 years. Yokan is mildly sweet with a simple azuki bean flavor and is typically shaped into uniform rectangular sticks. Yokan represents the harmony of simplicity, seasonality, and artistry in Japanese food culture.
Snacking has become integral to our daily lives, offering quick escapes and indulgence. American snacks, renowned for their variety, often prioritize indulgence over health. In contrast, Japanese snacks balance tradition and innovation, emphasizing quality, balance, and mindful enjoyment with healthier options.
Japanese snacks are renowned worldwide for their unique flavors and high-quality ingredients. In this ultimate guide, we will explore some of the most popular traditional Japanese snacks that have captured the hearts and taste buds of people globally.
Asian snacks have evolved over centuries, initially shaped by local ingredients and cultures, and later influenced by global trade and modernization. Today, they offer a diverse range of flavors and styles, reflecting both tradition and innovation. With a growing focus on health and sustainability, Asian snacks continue to adapt and thrive, bridging the past and the future in a delicious culinary journey.
Tea's history and evolution traverse the ages and continents, originating in China, evolving into a global cultural symbol, and transforming from luxury to everyday necessity. It unites diverse cultures through the shared enjoyment of a simple cup of tea.
The word 'Nishiki' refers to silk fabric woven with golden threads. By extension, it signifies something premium. The inaugural Shotengai Nishiki Box lives up to this name, carefully curated with exquisite products from all over Japan. Through this box, we invite you to experience a healthy and an eco-friendly Japanese lifestyle.
In a quaint neighborhood of eastern Hyogo Prefecture, two bakeries are breaking barriers and changing lives. These establishments stand out not only for their delectable treats but also for their extraordinary workforce. What sets them apart is that the majority of their employees are people with physical and mental disabilities.
Machiya represent more than just architectural heritage; they embody the historical fabric of Japan's towns and cities. Stepping into these charming wooden houses takes us back in time, offering glimpses into the lives of past generations and the vibrant merchant culture that once thrived.
Matsuokaken, established in 1897 by Awashima Tsune, is a renowned confectionery store in Fukui. They specialize in creating Habutae Mochi, a delicate and smooth rice confection. Matsuokaken also offers other treats like Habutae Monaka and Habutae Dorayaki. These desserts incorporate mochi and red bean paste, providing a delightful experience to all who indulge.
Sun Rouge, a Japanese green tea cultivated exclusively on Tokunoshima island, is renowned for its therapeutic properties. With its exceptionally high anthocyanin content, Sun Rouge offers remarkable health benefits. Its color varies based on the pH value of the water used to brew it, adding to its visual appeal.
Nishisaka is a traditional Japanese confectionery shop established in 1921. Located near Mikuni Station, it specializes in the production and sale of renowned local delicacies, such as sake manju. Nishisaka's sake manju stands out with its unique flavor, where smooth bean paste is wrapped in matured dough and fermented.
Kikkodo is a traditional Japanese confectionery shop in Kurashiki, known for preserving tradition while exploring new flavors. Murasuzume, inspired by woven hats and golden ears of rice, offers a unique taste experience.
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter is more than a collection of historic buildings; it is a living testament to the enduring beauty and cultural heritage of traditional Japan. From its elegant streetscapes to its captivating museums and delightful culinary offerings, this enchanting neighborhood invites visitors to step back in time and experience the charm and grace of a bygone time.
Fujito Manju is a renowned steamed bun shop in Kurashiki. With origins dating back to the Genpei War, this beloved treat is crafted with care using only the finest ingredients. Fujito Manju embodies the essence of Kurashiki's esteemed confectionery traditions.
Robatayaki is much more than just a style of cooking; it's an immersive culinary journey that brings people together to savor exceptional flavors, appreciate the artistry of the chefs, and create lasting memories. From the vibrant ambiance around the robata grill to the exquisite dishes served, Robatayaki offers an authentic and unforgettable dining experience.
Rogetsudo is a beloved traditional confectionery shop. Established in 1926, it offers exquisite sweets crafted with age-old techniques. Their signature delicacy, "Shittori Manju," is known for its moist and chewy texture. Another popular treat is the "Butter Mochi," which surprises with its harmonious flavors. Rogetsudo embodies community and nostalgia, making it a cherished destination in Yokote City.
Katsuobushi, with its umami-packed flavor and remarkable culinary versatility, remains an essential ingredient in Japanese cuisine. From the delicate flakes enhancing the soul-soothing dashi to its ability to elevate a multitude of dishes, these dried bonito flakes bring a unique experience to every dish it graces.
Sugiyama Juzando is a traditional Japanese confectionery shop founded in 1705 by Ryosaku Sugiyama. He is credited with inventing the famous Akita delicacy known as Morokoshi. The shop is currently part of the Kaorudo group, a company founded in 1922.
Mentaiko is characterized by its distinct and slightly translucent appearance, with colors ranging from pale pink to vibrant red. It boasts a delightful combination of savory, slightly sweet flavors, and a sticky, rich texture. The impressive blend of satisfying spiciness and velvety feel creates a memorable experience. With each bite, the flavors unfold in layers, surprising and delighting the palate.
Yaogen Raikodo is a renowned confectionery shop located in Sakai City. Established in the 1800s, it offers an array of unique sweets such as Yogan, Monaka, and Azuki Mochi. However, the star attraction of the shop is the Cinnamon Mochi, which holds a special place in Sakai's culinary heritage.
Step into Oteramochi Kawaido in Sakai City and be transported to a world of Japanese confectionery mastery. Indulge in the beloved Ankoromochi or savor the delicate Kinakomochi, with its tender mochi dusted in fragrant kinako powder. Each bite reveals the dedication and skill behind these centuries-old treats, leaving you with a deeper appreciation for the craftsmanship put into wagashi, Japanese snacks.
Kenroku-en, which translates to "Garden of the Six Attributes," has a history dating back over 300 years. Initially created by the ruling Maeda family during the Edo period, the garden has been meticulously maintained and expanded upon by successive generations. Its enduring beauty and historical significance earned it the status of one of Japan's Three Great Gardens.
Nanyodo is a well-established confectionery shop that has been delighting customers since its founding in 1921. It is renowned for its mastery in creating exquisite "monaka" - sweet filled wafers. Nanyodo offers a diverse range of flavors that cater to every palate. Each monaka is carefully handcrafted with attention to detail, embodying the artistry and tradition of Japanese confectionery.
Nijigen no Mori is a true paradise for anime and manga enthusiasts, offering an immersive experience that celebrates the vibrant world of Japanese pop culture. From thrilling attractions to cosplay adventures and delectably themed cuisine, this extraordinary theme park promises an unforgettable journey into the realms of beloved anime and manga series.
Tawaraya Yoshitomi’s origins can be traced back to 1755. Over the years, the business evolved and faced various challenges. The company has received numerous awards and recognition for its exquisite confections, such as the "Unryu" and "Manjuran."
Founded in 1923 by a husband-and-wife team, Hoteido is a confectionery shop that has withstood numerous challenges, including the 1943 Tottori Earthquake, World War II, and the Tottori Great Fire. Today, the tradition of crafting Japanese sweets continues under the management of the third and fourth generations.
In the bustling culinary scene of Osaka, Japan, I realized the lack of home-cooked meals amidst the abundance of local delicacies. With each dish, I sought to honor tradition while forging new connections in Japan, bridging the gap between distant lands and creating a sense of belonging through the power of food.
Stepping through the doors of Kikkoya, you are transported to a realm where time-honored recipes and meticulous attention to detail converge. The interior exudes a warm and welcoming ambiance, adorned with displays of meticulously crafted confections that showcase the skill and artistry of the master confectioners. Each sweet delight is thoughtfully prepared, paying homage to the centuries-old traditions that have been passed down through generations.