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What is Japanese food? Sushi? Ramen? Kaiseki? What about Izakaya? What exactly are they? Akiko Katayama, a Japanese native, New York-based food writer and director of the New York Japanese Culinary Academy, will tell you all about the real Japanese f...Show More

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Episode 154: Promoting Japanese Fish Culture at Osakana

47:19 | Apr 15th

Our guest is Jonathan Garcia of Osakana, the innovative fishmonger in Brooklyn. The CIA grad discusses his unique relationship with Japanese culture, his devotion to promoting Japanese fish culture to a broad New York audience through unique program...Show More

Episode 153: Sake-making at 8 Breweries in 6 Weeks!

46:38 | Apr 8th

Our guests today is Peter Hottum (AKA Sakeman Green) of Kuramoto US, which represents wonderful boutique sake labels in the US. Peter recently spent 6 weeks in Japan to study sake-making at 8 breweries in total. We discuss his intriguing experience...Show More

Episode 152: Where To Eat Japanese Food with Massud Ghaussy #3

51:36 | Apr 1st

Our guest is Massud Ghaussy who has a Japanese food and restaurant blog on instagram under TokyoManhattan. His posts not only describe restaurants he has visited, but also include many other elements behind the dishes, such as history, culture, cooki...Show More

Episode 151: Jeff Cioletti – Author of Sakepedia

58:20 | Mar 25th

Our guest is Jeff Cioletti, the author of “Sake-Pedia: A Non-Traditional Guide to Japan’s Traditional Beverage”. Japanese sake is becoming popular in the US, which is now the biggest importer of the national beverage of Japan. But it is hard to fin...Show More

Episode 150: Mastering Sushi and Kaiseki in Japan

57:02 | Mar 18th

Our guest is Derek Wilcox who studied Kaiseki cuisine at the 3 michelin-starred restaurant Kikunoi in Kyoto, and Edomae sushi at Ginza Sushi Aoki in Tokyo, also Michelin-starred, for 10 years in total. Now he is the chef at Shoji at 69 Leonard Street...Show More

Episode 149: Bringing Chocolate Dreams to Japan

48:31 | Mar 12th

Our guest is Maribel Lieberman, CEO and Founder of MarieBelle Chocolates in New York. She now has 8 locations of MarieBelle Chocolates worldwide, including 4 shops in Japan. In this episode, Maribel discusses her experience with Japanese culture thr...Show More

Episode 148: George Weld of Egg: Iconic American Breakfast Goes To Japan

57:27 | Mar 4th

Our guest today is George Weld who is the owner of the iconic Brooklyn restaurant Egg that has served local and sustainable food since 2005. Many of the menu items are made with produce from his own farm in upstate New York. American cuisine is not...Show More

Episode 147: Food Hub: Reviving the Community with the Power of Food

43:04 | Feb 25th

Our guest is Taichi Manabe, chief operating officer of Food Hub, which is a unique project to revive the declining community in Shikoku island of Japan through food. Taichi wanted to change the world through design, but he realized that food has a b...Show More

Episode 146: Bubby's in Japan!

52:37 | Feb 18th

Our guest is Ron Silver, who is the chef/owner of Bubby’s. Bubby’s opened in 1990, and is now one of the iconic American restaurants in NYC, serving delicious breakfast, burgers pancakes as well as beautiful pies. What you may not know about Bubby’...Show More

Episode 145: What Shall I Drink with Sushi?

55:51 | Feb 11th

Our guest is Yuki Minakawa, the beverage and service director of Sushi Ginza Onodera in NYC, which has 2 Michelin stars. Yuki has worked at the NYC’s top Japanese restaurants, such as Masa, EN Japanese Brasserie and Kajitsu, for the last 10 years. Sh...Show More

Episode 144: The Winner of the 5th Washoku World Challenge!!!

40:05 | Jan 28th

David Israelow is the global winner of the 5th Washoku World Challenge, which is a cooking contest where chefs from around the world compete in technical expertise and passion for Japanese food. David joins the host Akiko Katayama to discuss how he ...Show More

Episode 143: Meet the Sakemen

55:02 | Jan 14th

In this episode, the Sakemen (judo wrestlers/superheroes) joins me to discuss traditional sake breweries they closely work with and why they are so precious!!!

Episode 142: Manga Sensei Interview

43:58 | Dec 17th, 2018

This is an episode from Manga Sensei, which is one of the most popular Japanese language learning podcasts. The host John Dinkel majored in Japanese language in college and lived in Japan as well. So he has deep experience in Japanese language and ...Show More

Episode 141: Crafting Beer: Traditional Techniques, Modern Brews

1:04:39 | Dec 10th, 2018

This episode is a live recording of the special event at Japan Society in New York on October 24, 2018, which Japan Eats!'s host Akiko Katayama moderated. The theme of the event was the modern craft beer culture in the US, and the title was Crafting...Show More

Episode 140: What is Yoshoku?

46:49 | Nov 26th, 2018

Yoshoku, or "Western food" is an important genre of Japanese cuisine. Our guest Shintaro Eleazar Okuda, Chef de Cuisine at Bar Moga in the West Village, NYC, discusses what yoshoku is, how Bar Moga's menu features the charm of yoshoku, his unique cu...Show More

Episode 139: A Blue-eyed Japanese Tea Ambassador

1:01:46 | Nov 19th, 2018

Tea is an essential element of Japanese culture. If you visit someone’s house, he or she will ask you “would you like a cup of tea”? Some people may find green tea a little too bitter or exotic, but there is a lot to discover in the world of Japane...Show More

Episode 138: A Solo Ramen Experience at Ichiran

47:58 | Nov 12th, 2018

"Ramen has become as popular as sushi in the US lately, and Ichiran Ramen is particularly unique among hundreds of ramen shops for offering each customer a VERY private dining experience. In this episode, Kayla Copeland of Ichiran USA tells you the ...Show More

Episode 137: Sake Ambassador Andrew Richardson

55:59 | Nov 5th, 2018

Our guest today is Andrew Richardson who has worked at The World Sake Imports, one of the greatest sake importers in the U.S., for the last 11 years.

Episode 136: Where To Eat Japanese Food with Massud Ghaussy #2

53:02 | Oct 29th, 2018

"And our guest today is Massud Ghaussy who has a Japanese food and restaurant blog on instagram under TokyoManhattan. His posts not only describe restaurants he has visited, but also include many other elements behind the dishes, such as history, cu...Show More

Episode 135: Koji: The Mother of Japanese Fermentation

56:37 | Oct 23rd, 2018

Koji is becoming a culinary keyword lately, and our guest Jeremy Umansky is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced professionals in the field with an innovating, refreshing mindset. We will discover what Koji is, how it is used traditionally,...Show More

Episode 134: Discover New Style Cocktails with Katana Kitten!

46:00 | Oct 15th, 2018

"Japanese cocktail culture is getting global attention lately, but we don’t know too much about what it is outside Japan. Today, we will discover it through the unique concept of Katana Kitten, a new Japanese-American bar in the West Village in NYC....Show More

Episode 133: Izakaya, Katsusando & Tsumami: Introducing an Undiscovered Japanese Food

54:39 | Oct 8th, 2018

"Yudai Kanayama is the owner of The Izakaya, a casual Japanese restaurant in the East Village, and Samurice at the Canal Street Market in Chinatown, which offers bento boxes, Japanese curry rice, and pour-over miso soup in a cup. There are so many J...Show More

Episode 132: Dedicated to Shochu & Awamori

1:04:44 | Oct 1st, 2018

Christopher Pellegrini is one of the few global Shochu and Awamori experts based in Tokyo. He is also the author of “The Shochu Handbook”, which is the first book about shochu and awamori written in a language other than Japanese. Christopher moved...Show More

Episode 131: Everything Dashi

52:32 | Sep 24th, 2018

This is the 6th episode with Elizabeth Andoh, who already joined us 5 times on Episodes 18, 61, 83, 99 and 108! As always, she shares her truly deep insight into traditional Japanese food culture with us. Elizabeth is a food writer and Japanese coo...Show More

Episode 130: Expressing the Japanese Tradition: New & Creative Ways

51:36 | Sep 17th, 2018

"Chikara Yamada is the chef/owner of Yamada Chikara New York in Midtown Manhattan, which opened in May 2018. Chikara also is the chef/owner of the highly recognized restaurant called Yamada Chikara in Tokyo, which serves japanese dishes with A moder...Show More

Episode 129: A Sustainable Sushi Restaurant

1:07:45 | Sep 10th, 2018

David Torchiano, Josh Arak, TJ Provenzano and Jeff Miller, the team from the highly recognized and charming 8- seat Japanese sushi restaurant Mayanoki in Alphabet City, will join me to discuss their efforts to achieve their challenging goals: serving...Show More

Episode 128: Translating Japanese Drink Culture

54:59 | Aug 13th, 2018

Coco Kayoko Seo, Japanese beverage specialist, worked at the legendary Japanese cocktail bar Angel’s Share in the East Village, and is a certified as Sake and Shochu Adviser. Currently she hosts a fun, weekly educational happy hour at Bar Moga in th...Show More

Episode 127: Uchu: My Unique Take on Kaiseki

45:14 | Jul 30th, 2018

This week's guest is Sam Clonts, the executive Kaiseki chef at Uchu in Manhattan’s Lower East side. He earned a Michelin star at 25, five months after the opening of the restaurant. Uchu is uniquely and deeply Japanese, despite the fact that Sam trai...Show More

Episode 126: Sushi Noz: Pursuing Authenticity in America

53:42 | Jul 23rd, 2018

Sushi had become a part of the American diet, and we now see more authentic sushi restaurants, particularly in NYC. In this episode, the partners at Sushi Noz in Manhattan will discuss what the authentic sushi culture is, how two young Americans ope...Show More

Episode 125: Where To Eat Japanese Food: A Guide

52:34 | Jul 16th, 2018

"Massud Ghaussy, Afghan-Japanese Francophile living in NYC, has a unique Japanese food and restaurant blog on instagram under TokyoManhattan. His posts not only describe restaurants he has visited, but also include many other elements behind the dis...Show More

Episode 124: Somebody Feed Phil (in Japan)

55:56 | Jul 9th, 2018

Phil Rosenthal, the creator of Everybody Loves Raymond, which is the winner of 15 Emmy Awards, now takes us to the most fascinating food destinations through his fantastic food travel shows I'll Have What Phil's Having on PBS, and the new Somebody Fe...Show More

Episode 123: Japan Paved the Way to Becoming a Chef

57:44 | Jul 2nd, 2018

This week's guest is Christina Lecki, the executive chef of Reynard in Brooklyn's Wythe Hotel. Lecki was inspired to pursue cooking after a trip to Japan, and she and Akiko discuss this pivotal experience, and much more!

Episode 122: Finding the Path Between Kyoto and New York

52:51 | Jun 25th, 2018

This week, Akiko is joined by Dan Tominaga, the chef/owner of the "modern" Japanese restaurant Another C in Kyoto.

Episode 121: The Joy of Sake with Chris Pearce

56:04 | Jun 11th, 2018

Akiko is joined by Chris Pearce, organizer of The Joy of Sake, the largest sake tasting in the world outside Japan, with a superb array of premium labels and the best in traditional and contemporary Asian cuisine. Chris talks about how the largest sa...Show More

Episode 120: What is Kyoto-style Sushi?

43:29 | Jun 4th, 2018

Host Akiko Katayama is joined by Yuji Haraguchi of Yuji Ramen, Okonomi, Osakana, and the newly opened Kyoto-style sushi restaurant Okozushi, all in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He also has a restaurant in Kyoto called Lorimer Kyoto. In this episode, Yuj...Show More

Episode 119: My Internship at a Shochu Distillery

46:37 | May 21st, 2018

On this week's show, Akiko is joined by Chuck Malone, the second American to work in a shochu distillery. In the fall of 2017, he spent three months in Amami-o-shima, an island off the coast of Kagoshima, making kokuto (black sugar) shochu. He’s now ...Show More

Episode 118: The Way of Whisky

58:29 | May 7th, 2018

On today's show, we welcome Dave Broom, author of The Way of Whiskey: A Journey Around Japanese Whisky. Broom has visited Japan 30 times in the past 16 years, studying and learning about its whiskies. In this major new book he shares his personal ...Show More

Episode 117: Let’s Make Wagashi Japanese Sweets!

49:04 | Apr 9th, 2018

Machiko Chiba is a best-selling cookbook author and television personality in Japan. Her invention, the patented Cook-Zen microwave pot, was the top-selling item on QVC Japan for seven years. A proponent of "good food and good health," she teaches he...Show More

Episode 116: What's Beyond Sushi & Ramen?

49:55 | Apr 2nd, 2018

Today's guest is John McCarthy, a former attorney who gave up the practice of law to attend the French Culinary Institute. After graduating from FCI at the top of his class, he worked for Chef Wylie Dufresne at wd-50 for several years, ultimately bec...Show More

Episode 115: My Experience in a Kyoto Kitchen

56:18 | Mar 19th, 2018

Josh Plunkett started cooking at Chapter One in Dublin before moving to New York where he worked at Momofuku, Luksus and Atera. Having spent the last year cooking in Kyoto, Japan he’s getting ready to make a move to San Francisco.

Episode 114: Ask the Sake Expert

1:02:15 | Mar 12th, 2018

This week, Akiko is joined by Jamie Graves, the Japanese portfolio manager at Skurnik Wines, a leading wine and spirits importer and distributer based in New York City. Jamie has an extensive knowledge of sake, and discusses the Kimoto Method of maki...Show More

Episode 113: Tokyo New Wave

50:56 | Mar 5th, 2018

On this week's episode of Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Andrea Fazzari, a Tokyo based international photographer, author, and dining consultant with a background in fashion and film. Her book Tokyo New Wave: 31 Chefs Defi...Show More

Episode 112: Growing Up in a Sumo Family

1:00:57 | Feb 26th, 2018

This week's guest is Ryunosuke "Jesse" Matsuoka, a certified sake sommelier, whose father was a top-ranked sumo wrestler in Japan before making his reputation as a chef in America.

Episode 111: What is Japanese Cocktail Culture?

1:00:14 | Feb 19th, 2018

Akiko is joined by Frank Cisneros, a Brooklyn-based bartender who lived and worked in Japan for a year, immersing himself in Japanese cocktail culture. Tune in to hear how learning the intricacies of Japanese bartending helped Cisneros to elevate his...Show More

Episode 110: Acid Trip to Japan

54:50 | Feb 12th, 2018

Akiko is joined by fellow HRN host Michael Harlan Turkell, author of the book Acid Trip: Travels in the World of Vinegar: With Recipes from Leading Chefs, Insights from Top Producers, and Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Make Your Own. Tune in f...Show More

Episode 109: Shochu’sday with Stephen Lyman

1:12:10 | Feb 5th, 2018

This week's guest is Stephen Lyman, one of the leading American experts on authentic Japanese shochu. He has visited approximately 70 shochu distilleries and has sampled around 2,000 different brands. In 2015, he was the first person to become a cert...Show More

Episode 108: The Quintessential Japanese Condiments & Seasonings

53:42 | Jan 29th, 2018

Akiko welcomes Elizabeth Andoh of A Taste of Culture back to the program to discuss quintessential Japanese condiments and seasonings. A Taste of Culture is a culinary arts program that combines spicy tidbits of food lore with practical tips and ski...Show More

Episode 107: The 17th Generation Japanese Bladesmith

50:14 | Jan 22nd, 2018

On this week's episode, Akiko welcomes Murray Carter of Carter Cutlery, makers of handcrafted high performance cutlery using time-honored, traditional Japanese blade-smithing techniques.

Episode 106: Nourishing Japan: Japanese Food Education

47:52 | Jan 15th, 2018

On the season premiere of Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined by Alexis Agliano Sanborn, an independent researcher, community organizer, and artist. Her research interests include food education, environmentalism, and sustainability. She rec...Show More

Episode 105: The First Sake Brewery in New York

47:22 | Dec 11th, 2017

On this week's episode of Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in studio by Brian Polen & Brandon Doughan, co-owners of Brooklyn Kura, the very first Japanese sake brewery in NYC. Now that sushi and ramen are part of the American diet people are...Show More

Episode 104: Modern Nikkei Cuisine in the Heart of Manhattan

43:31 | Nov 27th, 2017

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined by Mina Newman, the executive chef of Sen Sakana. There, she collaborates with Osaka native Taku Nagai, a well-respected chef in his own right, to blend Japanese and Peruvian flavors and dishe...Show More

Episode 103: The Incredible Power of Natto

52:01 | Nov 20th, 2017

This week on Japan Eats, Akiko is joined by Heidi Nestler, a fermentation teacher and co-owner of Wanpaku Foods, a Portland-based maker of traditional Japanese natto. In Japanese “wanpaku” is used endearingly to describe a naughty or mischievous ch...Show More

Episode 102: How I Became a Traditional Comic Storyteller in Japan

50:42 | Nov 13th, 2017

On today's episode of Japan Eats, host Akiko is joined by Katsura Sunshine, a traditional Japanese Storyteller. On September 1st , 2008, Sunshine was accepted as an apprentice to the great Rakugo Storytelling Master, Katsura Bunshi VI, and subsequen...Show More

Episode 101: An Introduction to Kaiseki

47:19 | Oct 30th, 2017

This week on Japan Eats, Akiko is joined in studio by Naoki Takahashi of Naoki NYC. Tucked away in a hidden space in Chelsea, Naoki serves seasonal multi-course Japanese cuisines in a Zen-like interior. The recently launched kaiseki-style restauran...Show More

Episode 100: My Apprenticeship at a Japanese Sake Brewery

50:00 | Oct 23rd, 2017

On this week's episode of Japan Eats, Akiko is joined in studio by Tim Sullivan, Brand Ambassador for the Hakkaisan Sake Brewery. Tim was the first person ever to receive a Cultural Activities Visa to study sake making in Japan! He founded UrbanSake....Show More

Episode 99: Japanese Tableware with Elizabeth Andoh

49:49 | Oct 16th, 2017

On this week's episode of Japan Eats, author and Japanese cuisine specialist Elizabeth Andoh is back in studio to chat with host Akiko about Japanese tableware. Looks aren't the only important thing in Japanese utensils; plates, bowls, and chopsticks...Show More

Episode 98: Table for Two USA

49:05 | Oct 9th, 2017

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined by Mayumi Uejima-Carr of the Table for Two USA organization, a nonprofit that simultaneously addresses the opposing issues of malnutrition/hunger in developing countries and overconsumption/obe...Show More

Episode 97: Japanese Whisky: Balance & Harmony

44:00 | Oct 2nd, 2017

On this week's episode of Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in studio by Shinji Fukuyo, Whisky expert and chief blender of Suntory. Shinji Fukuyo joined Suntory in 1984 and eventually transferred to the whisky blending department in 1992. H...Show More

Episode 96: The Art of Mochi

38:54 | Sep 25th, 2017

On this week's episode of Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined by Fujiko Aoki, chef and owner at Mochin Rin. A dessert specialist, Fujiko created a new type of mochi that doesn’t quite exist in Japan by infusing New York’s locally-sourced ingr...Show More

Episode 95: New Style Sushi: Balancing Tradition and Creativity

50:08 | Sep 18th, 2017

On this week's episode of Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined by chefs Nick Kim & Jimmy Lau of Shuko, where the duo offers daily tasting menus based on traditional Japanese flavors and techniques from the kitchen and sushi bar. Chefs Kim and ...Show More

Episode 94: The Japanese Pantry

51:17 | Sep 11th, 2017

On the season premiere of Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Chris Bonomo, a passionate home cook who especially loves Japanese food. He is the co-founder of The Japanese Pantry, an organization dedicated to bringing the bes...Show More

Episode 93: A Whale of a Tale

45:25 | Aug 7th, 2017

On the season finale of Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined by Megumi Sasaki, a film director and producer who was born and raised in Japan, and has lived in New York City since 1988. Her latest project is the documentary A Whale of a Tale, a...Show More

Episode 92: Miss Sake USA!!!

45:45 | Jul 31st, 2017

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Jessica Joly, a sake sommelier who became the very first Miss SAKE USA in 2016. Miss SAKE USA is a beauty pageant organized by the Miss SAKE Association in Japan to select a Sak...Show More

Episode 91: Why Does Aged Raw Fish Taste Great?

53:35 | Jul 24th, 2017

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Idan Elkon, co-owner of Ichimura, a ten seat sushi bar serving an omakase dining experience. Tune in to hear them discuss why fresh fish is not always better, particularly for ...Show More

Episode 90: Japanese School Lunch

45:51 | Jul 17th, 2017

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined by Atsuko Quirk, a documentary filmmaker and environmental activist. Her recent short documentary, School Lunch in Japan, has over 9 million views on YouTube, and been widely inspirational, sho...Show More

Episode 89: What is Iekei Ramen?

48:03 | Jul 10th, 2017

On this week's episode of Japan Eats, host Akiko is joined in studio by Jimmy Matsushima of E.A.K. Ramen. Jimmy talks about his background as a second-generation Japanese-American entrepreneur and his experience adapting Japanese cuisine to the tas...Show More

Episode 88: Beyond Sushi

47:31 | Jun 26th, 2017

On this week's episode, Akiko Katayama discusses Japanese food, vegetarianism, and much more with Guy Vaknin, Owner and Executive Chef of Beyond Sushi, which has four locations in Manhattan. Sushi has become a part of the American diet, and Guy creat...Show More

Episode 87: Translating the History of Japanese Americans

48:10 | Jun 12th, 2017

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Craig Koketsu, a third generation Japanese-American and chef-partner of Fourth Wall Restaurants in New York City. The group is comprised of established restaurants including the ...Show More

Episode 86: Inspired by Japanese Cuisine

42:31 | Jun 5th, 2017

On an all new episode of Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined by Nils Norén of Asil Limited, a consulting company for the hospitality industry. Norén is also the former Vice President of Culinary and Pastry Arts at The French Culinary Institut...Show More

Episode 85: The Craftsmen Behind Your Glass of Sake

46:24 | May 29th, 2017

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Masahiro Takeda of Wine of Japan, the leading national importer and distributor of Japanese alcoholic beverages for the last 40 years. He oversees a comprehensive portfolio of ...Show More

Episode 84: Serving Japanese Tea for 300 Years

41:55 | May 22nd, 2017

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined by Tomoko Honda of Ippodo Tea in Midtown Manhattan, the first street-front location of the shop outside Japan. The original location, located in the heart of Kyoto, has been providing the highest...Show More

Episode 83: Tsukemono: The Unexplored World of Japanese Pickles

49:39 | May 15th, 2017

On this week's episode of Japan Eats, host Akiko is joined in studio by Japanese cuisine specialist Elizabeth Andoh. Elizabeth talks about the fascinating world of preserved vegetables. A graduate of the Yanagihara School of Classical Japanese Cuis...Show More

Episode 82: Nabe: Japanese Hot Pot

47:38 | May 8th, 2017

On the season premiere of Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Chef Tadashi Ono Tadashi Ono was born and raised in Tokyo, where he first began chef training, at age sixteen. Inspired by the mentorship of celebrated Japanese che...Show More

Episode 81: What Exactly Is Wagyu?

47:07 | Apr 17th, 2017

On the season finale of Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Ryuta Kawano of Zen Noh, a passionate advocate of wagyu who has worked with the beef industry for over two decades. Tune in to hear how Japanese wagyu became the wor...Show More

Episode 80: My Career in Sake

44:08 | Apr 10th, 2017

On this week's episode of Japan Eats, sake specialist Monica Samuels joins Akiko in studio for a conversation about Monica's American-Japanese background and her career as a sake sommelier, including Monica's takes on sake's production, distribution,...Show More

Episode 79: Blue Bottle Coffee & Japanese Coffee Culture

46:47 | Mar 27th, 2017

On this week's episode of Japan Eats, Akiko is joined in studio by James Freeman, founder and CEO of Blue Bottle Coffee. James talks about his pursuit of the perfect cup of coffee and reveals his three favorite Kissaten in Tokyo: Cafe Bach, Café de...Show More

Episode 78: 50/50: The Second Generation’s Japanese Cuisine

47:09 | Mar 20th, 2017

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Maiko Kyogoku, owner of Bessou, a restaurant in Noho featuring modern takes on Japanese comfort food. Bessou was conceived from Maiko's desire to share her family’s food traditi...Show More

Episode 77: Born to Make Sushi

49:14 | Mar 13th, 2017

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined by Keizo Seki, owner and founder of Sushi Zo. Keizo Seki was born in Osaka, Japan. His lifelong desire to become a sushi chef, led him to Tokyo, where he gained valuable experience and knowled...Show More

Episode 76: The Quilted Giraffe: A Japanese Legacy

52:02 | Mar 6th, 2017

On this week's episode of Japan Eats, host Akiko is joined in studio by restaurant industry legend Barry Wine, former chef and owner of The Quilted Giraffe Restaurant, one of the most important restaurants in NYC's history. Tune in and listen to Barr...Show More

Episode 75: The CIA's New Japanese Culinary Program

55:22 | Feb 27th, 2017

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined by Howie Velie, Associate Dean of Culinary Arts at the Culinary Institute of America, and culinary student Jose Ganem to discuss the school's new Japanese culinary program. The "Advanced Cooking:...Show More

Episode 74: Sumo Stew!!!

48:56 | Feb 20th, 2017

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by fellow HRN hosts Harry Rosenblum and Michael Harlan Turkell, creators of the Sumo Stew event series. Inspired by a trip to Japan, photographer Michael Harlan Turkell returned to...Show More

Episode 73: Pursuing a New Style of Ramen

53:30 | Feb 13th, 2017

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined by San Francisco's Chef Richie Nakano. In 2010, Nakano opened Hapa Ramen as a pop-up food stand at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. A few years later, after launching a successful Kickstarter cam...Show More

Episode 72: Made in Brooklyn

54:07 | Feb 6th, 2017

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in studio by chef and entrepreneur Makoto Suzuki, owner of several restaurants in Brooklyn, including Bozu, Samurai Mama, Momo Sushi Shack, The Brooklyn Ball Factory, and Samurai Papa. Suzuki ta...Show More

Episode 71: A Japanese Take on Cocktails

45:03 | Jan 30th, 2017

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Masahiro Urushido, bar manager of Saxon + Parole in New York's East Village. Urushido learned the craft of classic cocktails, mastered the art of ice carving, and perfected hi...Show More

Episode 70: What is Kindai Tuna?

46:08 | Jan 23rd, 2017

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in studio by Nick Sakagami, the only Certified Seafood Master by Tsukiji Fish Market (Tokyo) who resides outside of Japan, bicoastal fresh tuna importer, and expert in branding/marketing of highe...Show More

Episode 69: You Think You Know Udon?

41:26 | Jan 16th, 2017

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in studio by chef and udon specialist Joji Uematsu. Uematsu is the vice president of Dining Innovation New York and a managing partner of TsuruTonTan Udon Noodle Brasserie at Union Square, where ...Show More

Episode 68: Into the Woods: An American’s Journey in a Japanese Village

54:41 | Jan 9th, 2017

On the season premiere of Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined by Douglas Diaz, a visual artist whose work has been strongly influenced by the Japanese countryside.

Episode 67: The Art of Soba

42:39 | Dec 12th, 2016

On the season finale of Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Chef Mutsuko Soma, formerly of Seattle's Miyabi 45th. Soma studied the age-old art of making soba in Japan and brought her noodle-making skills to the west coast. Cu...Show More

Episode 66: Expressing the Seasons

45:00 | Nov 28th, 2016

Today on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by David Kinch of Los Gatos' Manresa. David tells us about cooking in the midst of California's various microclimates, a chef's relationship to farmers, and what he draws from Japanese ...Show More

Episode 65: Luca Catalfamo of Casa Ramen

46:45 | Nov 21st, 2016

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined by Luca Catalfamo, chef and owner of Casa Ramen, the first restaurant dedicated to ramen in Milan, Italy. While working as a chef in cities such as Sydney and London, Catalfamo learned about Jap...Show More

Episode 64: Edwyn Ferrari of Great Northern Food Hall

42:09 | Nov 14th, 2016

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Edwyn Ferrari, head chef of Great Northern Food Hall. "Scandinavian" might not be the first thing you think as you're considering which culture's cuisine to dine at, but that's w...Show More

Episode 63: Kaiseki Takes Root in Seattle

40:25 | Nov 7th, 2016

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined by Shota Nakajima, the chef and owner of Naka in Seattle. Chef Shota began his culinary journey at the age of sixteen, working for a well-acclaimed sushi restaurant in his hometown of Seattle, W...Show More

Episode 62: The Sake Ambassador at a Liquor Shop

50:50 | Oct 31st, 2016

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Leonard Phillips, the owner of Ambassador Wines & Spirits in Midtown Manhattan. Leonard’s original calling in life was to be a biochemist and ultimately become a physician in the...Show More

Episode 61: One Thing, Entirely Eaten

45:36 | Oct 24th, 2016

Elizabeth Andoh was born and raised in America and is not ethnically Japanese, but Japan has been her home for more than four decades. She received her formal culinary training from the Yanagihara School of Traditional Japanese Cuisine in Tokyo. In 1...Show More

Episode 60: Inspired by Tea

45:49 | Oct 17th, 2016

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined by Stefen Ramirez of Tea Dealers, which aims to introduce premium teas to America by offering only rare, single origin teas from Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, and India and pairing them with con...Show More

Episode 59: Teaching the Subtleties of Japanese Cuisine

51:06 | Oct 10th, 2016

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined by Hiroko Shimbo, an authority on Japanese cuisine who has earned world-wide recognition. She is a chef-instructor at respected culinary schools, a consulting chef to diverse food service indus...Show More

Episode 58: Born into a Chef's Family in Kyoto

41:50 | Oct 3rd, 2016

Today on Japan Eats, we're joined by restaurant consultant Atsushi Nakahigashi, who's swinging by New York all the way from Kyoto. Nakahigashi is from a long line of chefs and restaurateurs, but before settling on a career in food, he tried his hand...Show More

Episode 57: West Meets Japan at This Patisserie

46:04 | Sep 26th, 2016

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Tomoko Kato, an alum of Bouley and Le Bernardin who is behind the dessert bar at Patisserie Tomoko. A unique pastry shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Patisserie Tomoko combines Fre...Show More

Episode 56: Beyond Fishmonger

49:56 | Sep 19th, 2016

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by managers Luke Davin and Emma Kramer of Osakana fish market. Osakana is a Japanese-style fish retailer dedicated to providing high-quality, local, and seasonal seafood to the com...Show More

Episode 55: Teaming Up with Sake Brewers

48:13 | Sep 12th, 2016

On the season premiere of Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Henry Sidel, president of Joto Sake. Joto is Japanese for “highest level," and is the exclusive importer for several multi-generational, family-owned breweries in J...Show More

Episode 54: How I Became the World's Best Bartender

47:09 | Aug 15th, 2016

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Shingo Gokan, head bartender of Angel’s Share and winner of the Bacardi Global Legacy Cocktail Competition. Tune in to hear them discuss how he began bartending in Japan at the a...Show More

Episode 53: The Story of a Sake Ninja

53:16 | Aug 8th, 2016

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Chris Johnson, aka The Sake Ninja. As a sake sommelier, Johnson is one of the foremost experts on sake in the United States. Tune in to hear them discuss the differences between ...Show More

Episode 52: My Own Shochu Distillery

49:26 | Aug 1st, 2016

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Jesse Falowitz, whose long travels around Asia finally lead to his opening a shōchū business in Japan. Falowitz calls shōchū the predecessor to whiskey in Japan, and puts its fl...Show More

Episode 51: What is Tea Ceremony?

47:41 | Jul 25th, 2016

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Japanese tea ceremony instructor Keiko Kitazawa Koch. Keiko was born and raised in Nara, Japan, a historically and culturally rich part of Japan. She has carried a deep sense of...Show More

Episode 50: A Ramen Legend from Japan

56:28 | Jul 18th, 2016

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Chef Shigetoshi Nakamura, who recently debuted his first restaurant in the United States. Hailed as one of only 4 "Ramen Gods" Chef Naka experienced colossal success in Japan af...Show More

Episode 49: Forager: Steward of the Land

46:14 | Jul 11th, 2016

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Tama Matsuoka Wong, a forager, weed eater, meadow doctor, lawyer and mother of three. She is the author of the backyard field guide and cookbook Foraged Flavor, which was nominat...Show More

Episode 48: Image of Japanese Life

52:44 | Jun 27th, 2016

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Everett Kennedy Brown, a photographer working in Japan for the past 28 years whose work has appeared in National Geographic, Geo, Time, Newsweek, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, The New Y...Show More

Episode 47: The Birth of Saké

38:52 | Jun 20th, 2016

Filmmaker Erik Shirai joins us in the studio to tell us all about the making of his latest documentary, The Birth of Saké, which grants an inside look at the art of sake creation in a Japanese brewery. Shirai and his producer managed to get access to...Show More

Episode 46: The Art of Ice

53:15 | Jun 6th, 2016

On this week's episode of Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by ice sculptor Shintaro Okamoto. He is the owner of Okamoto Studio, a New York-based collective best known for their design, production, and consultation of everything...Show More

Episode 45: Many Seasons of Tableware

48:28 | May 23rd, 2016

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Kumiko Jitsukawa, the founder of Ki-Chu New York, a traditional Japanese tableware company dedicated to enhancing appreciation of the Japanese dining experience. Jitsukawa was b...Show More

Episode 44: Connecting Tea Farmers & New Yorkers

50:27 | May 16th, 2016

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Zach Mangan, the founder of the kettl tea compay. Sourced from Nagano’s famed buckwheat, the hills of Hoshinomura, and elsewhere in Japan, kettl’s top-tier teas are served at New...Show More

Episode 43: No, It is Not Wagyu!

46:35 | May 9th, 2016

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Andy Moran, manager at Japan Premium Beef, a specialty butcher shop in New York City that sells both imported Japanese Wagyu and domestic Wagyu raised on its own farm in Oregon. ...Show More

Episode 42: Born into a Sake Brewery

49:31 | May 2nd, 2016

On this week's episode of Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined by Kenji Ichishima, owner of the Ichishima Sake Brewery. Born and raised in Shibata City, Kenji Ichishima grew up around the brewery that had been run by his forefathers for gener...Show More

Episode 41: Introducing Wabi-Sabi Spirits to New Yorkers

50:07 | Apr 25th, 2016

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Stephen Globus, a native New Yorker who has long been involved with cultural fusion and interchange between Japan and the United States. Through the Globus Washitsu organization,...Show More

Episode 40: Discover Sake!

44:40 | Apr 11th, 2016

This week on Japan Eats, Akiko is joined by sake expert Chizuko Niikawa-Helton. Ms. Niikawa, grew up on the Temple grounds of the Zen Buddhist Temple Gihozan Hosho Ji, located in the finest Rice and Sake producing prefecture of Japan, Akita. chizAf...Show More

Episode 39: The Frontier of Ramen

48:02 | Apr 4th, 2016

On this week's episode of Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Keizo Shimamoto, creator of the Original Ramen Burger. He has worked for Ivan Orkin and the mini ramen chain Bassanova, all while documenting his love affair with no...Show More

Episode 38: The Art of Tenugui

44:49 | Mar 28th, 2016

On this week's episode of Japan Eats, Akiko is joined in the studio by Ruri Kippenbrock, the founder of wuhao newyork Inc. The company specializes in hand-made tenugui, Japanese cotton towels. These towels are not only for wiping your hands but also ...Show More

Episode 37: An American Sushi Chef

42:37 | Mar 21st, 2016

On this week's episode of Japan Eats, Akiko is joined in the studio by Robby Cook, the executive sushi chef of Morimoto in New York. Robby is also the co-author the of new book The Complete Guide to Sushi & Sashimi, which contains tips and techniques...Show More

Episode 36: My Life As A Sake Brewer

47:26 | Mar 14th, 2016

On this weeks episode of Japan Eats, Akiko is joined in the studio by Todd Bellomy, brewer and co-founder of Dovetail Sake, Massachusetts’ first sake brewery. Prior to opening Dovetail, Bellomy worked in the American craft beer industry, as a chef, a...Show More

Episode 35: Dedicated to Fish

43:21 | Mar 7th, 2016

On this weeks episode of Japan Eats, Akiko is joined in the studio by Yuji Haraguchi, owner of the restaurants Okonomi and YUJI Ramen. By day, Okonomi serves traditional Japanese ichiju-sansai set meals for breakfast and lunch. In the evenings, Okono...Show More

Episode 34: Bringing a Green Tea Culture to the U.S.

46:43 | Feb 29th, 2016

On this weeks episode of Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama welcomes guest Rona Tison, the senior vice president of corporate relations at ITO EN, to discuss making green tea a true part of American culture. Tison has extensive experience in the tea ind...Show More

Episode 33: Sumo Food

42:32 | Feb 22nd, 2016

On todays episode of Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama welcomes guest Gaku Shibata, owner of the restaurants Azasu and Yoppari in New Yorks Lower East Side. They discuss Japanese gastropubs (izakaya), cup sake, and feeding sumo wrestlers. andnbsp;

Episode 32: The Life of a Sake Ambassador

45:11 | Feb 15th, 2016

After discovering premium sake for the first time in 2005, todays guest Tim Sullivan went on to found UrbanSake.com, which is now America’s longest-running sake website. Just two years later, he was awarded the title of Sake Samurai by the Japan Sake...Show More

Episode 31: It All Started in Japan

50:18 | Feb 8th, 2016

Chef Michael Anthony, Executive Chef of Gramercy Tavern and Untitled of the Union Square Hospitality Group talks with Japan Eats host Akiko Katayama about living in Tokyo right after graduating from college. The move changed the course of his life an...Show More

Episode 30: From French Chef To Ramen Master

50:46 | Feb 1st, 2016

Over his 25­‐year career, Chef Takashi Yagihashi has been lauded by consumers and critics alike for his exquisite ways of melding contemporary French, Asian, and American cuisine, and today he is in studio with Akiko Katayama for a brand new episode ...Show More

Episode 29: The Crimson & Sparrow: A Lawyer’s Dream Comes True

50:21 | Jan 25th, 2016

John’s interest in cooking began with his curiosity in his grandmother’s expansive garden, learning early about the importance of seasonality, flavor and balance. At age 14, John moved to South Korea for three years where he not only became fluent in...Show More

Episode 28: The Sushi Explorer

47:40 | Jan 18th, 2016

Tune in to Japan Eats as host Akiko Katayama is in studio with Chef Marco Moreira. Brazilian-born chef Marco Moreira arrived in New York City in 1982 eager to explore the city and immerse himself in an exciting, multi-ethnic culinary scene.  Through ...Show More

Episode 27: A Food Critic’s View on NYC Japanese Restaurants

45:35 | Jan 11th, 2016

Japan Eats is brand new this week with host Akiko Katayama in studio with food critic and author, Robert Sietsema.  Presently editor for Eater, Robert shares how he transitioned from the rock and roll scene to food writing and adds his unique view of...Show More

Episode 26: Science in Japanese Food

47:13 | Jan 4th, 2016

Japan Eats returns for 2016 with none other than the man who wrote the book on science and cooking, Harold McGee. His career defining book, On Food andamp; Cooking, has been referenced as a cooking bible for a generation of forward thinking chefs and...Show More

Episode 25: The Sake Evangelist, John Gauntner

44:10 | Dec 14th, 2015

Known as “The Sake Guy,” and “The Sake Evangelist,” John Gauntner is recognized as the world’s leading non-Japanese sake expert and this week he joins in studio for the season wrap-up of Japan Eats.  He chats with host Akiko Katayama about his reside...Show More

Episode 24: Applied Japanese Cuisine

44:36 | Dec 7th, 2015

Wylie Dufresne is in studio with Akiko this week for an intriguing episode of Japan Eats!  Hinting at his new project opening in the new year, Wylie explains how he found himself in the restaurant industry and why working in the industry is likened t...Show More

Episode 23: Obsessed with Shochu

41:53 | Nov 23rd, 2015

Kampai! or Cheers! This week on Japan Eats host Akiko Katayama welcomes Stephen Lyman to the studio talking all about the Japanese alcoholic beverage shochu.  Founder and editor of Kampai!, Stephen explains his devotion to shochu, of which he is an e...Show More

Episode 22: Natto: A Stinky Superfood

46:34 | Nov 16th, 2015

Have you ever heard of natto? Otherwise known as a traditional Japanese food made from soybeans fermented with Bacillus subtilis, natto is known for its powerful smell, strong flavor, and slimy texture typically eaten with a bowl of rice, and today i...Show More

Episode 21: Harris Salat of Ganso

45:02 | Nov 9th, 2015

How does one go from a food writer to a restaurant owner? Find out on a brand new episode of Japan Eats. Akiko Katayama is joined by Harris Salat, Ganso’s Managing Partner, journalist and restaurateur. A Brooklyn native, Harris is the author of numer...Show More

Episode 20: In Pursuit of Japanese Tea

45:51 | Nov 2nd, 2015

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is in studio with Sebastian Beckwith, owner at In the Pursuit of Tea. In Pursuit of Tea is a company with the mission to explore remote, traditional areas of tea production and find the finest teas availab...Show More

Episode 19: Cooking On a Farm in Japan

44:53 | Oct 26th, 2015

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is in studio with author, cook, and farmer, Nancy Singleton Hachisu.  Leaving California for Japan in the late 1980s, fully intending to learn Japanese in one year and return to the States for graduate sch...Show More

Episode 18: The Essence of Washoku

43:58 | Oct 19th, 2015

Born and raised in New York, though has called Japan home for more than four decades, writer and Japanese Food Culture Specialist Elizabeth Andoh joins host Akiko Katayama for another informative episode of Japan Eats.  Explaining that her formal cul...Show More

Episode 17: Chef Michael Romano

45:19 | Oct 12th, 2015

Chef Michael Romano is in studio for Japan Eats this week with host Akiko Katayama.  Talking his impressive background beginning at the iconic Serendipity in New York in 1971, it was upon impressing a young Danny Meyer that propelled Michael to event...Show More

Episode 16: Ivan Ramen

44:34 | Oct 5th, 2015

Ivan Orkin is in studio with host Akiko Katayama this week for Japan Eats!  Talking how this self described Jewish kid from Long Island fell in love with the cuisine and culture of Japan to becoming a renowned and respected chef, Ivan shares what spe...Show More

Episode 15: The Secret of Japanese Cocktails

42:32 | Sep 28th, 2015

Meet Kenta Goto, guest on this weeks episode of Japan Eats, hosted by Akiko Katayama.  Kenta is the mastermind behind the newly opened Japanese-American bar, Bar Goto, located in the Lower East Side of New York City. Talking the differences between t...Show More

Episode 14: The Making of Japan Town

45:47 | Sep 21st, 2015

Japan Eats is back!  Host Akiko Katayama welcomes Shuho Yagi, owner of TIC Group, to the studio for a talk about his life and times, building a successful business, helping to define Japanese cuisine in New York City, plus establishing Japantown loca...Show More

Episode 13: Udon & Jazz!

44:49 | Aug 10th, 2015

What do Japanese udon and jazz music have in common? Tune in to Japan Eats as Akiko Katayama is in studio with musician Kyoko Oyobe who hails from an udon and soba noodle family! Her father is well known in Japan for his quality, homemade udon and ha...Show More

Episode 12: Art of Japanese Knives

42:33 | Jul 27th, 2015

Japan is a land of long traditions including the intricate art of crafting Japanese knives, and today on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is sitting down with Saori Kawano, founder and president of Korin Japanese Trading Corp. Sharing how she moved fr...Show More

Episode 11: Know Your Noodles, Know Your Ramen

42:37 | Jul 20th, 2015

This week on Japan Eats host Akiko Katayama interviews Kenshiro Uki of Sun Noodles for a discussion all about the production of ramen. Kenshiro talks about how the popularity of ramen has risen, particularly in New York. Ramen has become a breeding g...Show More

Episode 10: In Pursuit of Umami

43:49 | Jul 13th, 2015

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayam is in studio with Tim Cushman, the heralded chef and owner of O Ya with locations in Boston and most recently, New York City. Since its opening in 2007, Tim and the restaurant have received numerous accolad...Show More

Episode 9: What is Japanese Curry?

42:56 | Jul 6th, 2015

This week on Japan Eats host Akiko Katayama interviews the president of Go!Go! Curry Tomoko Omori, for a discussion all about the popularity of curry in Japan. Akiko and Tomoko discuss the difference between Indian and Japanese curry, the history of ...Show More

Episode 8: Shochu is your new Whisky!

42:40 | Jun 29th, 2015

This week on Japan Eats host Akiko interviews the former bartender of Le Bernardin, Brian Matthys, about his love of the Japanese distilled beverage, shochu. Akiko and Brian discuss his journey as a bartender, dispel some common misconceptions of sho...Show More

Episode 7: An American Sake Samurai

44:34 | Jun 22nd, 2015

Today on Japan Eats, Akiko is sitting down with one of only 48 Sake Samurais in the world as honored by the Japan Sake Brewers Association - Roger Dagorn. Also a noted Master Sommelier, Roger shares how he came around to the fascinating world of dist...Show More

Episode 6: Story of Matcha

42:11 | Jun 15th, 2015

Matcha is, without a doubt, gaining popularity in the United States and is the topic of discussion on this weeks Japan Eats. Guest Michelle Gardner, owner of Chalait in New York Citys West Village recently opened with a focus on this special tea. Mic...Show More

Episode 5: Japanese Food Beyond Sushi & Ramen

43:34 | Jun 8th, 2015

Go beyond sushi and ramen and deeper into the rustic foods of Japan on a brand new episode of Japan Eats!. Host Akiko Katayama is joined by Tadashi Ono, owner Ganso Yaki - a Japanese bistro that cooks bold, rustic Japanese comfort food. Chef Ono talk...Show More

Episode 4: Japanese in Venice

43:30 | Jun 1st, 2015

Chris Jaeckle joins host Akiko Katayama this week on Japan Eats for a discussion about how he became a chef, and why he decided to cook so many different kinds of food. Chris and Akiko talk about the commitment and learning process that Chris went th...Show More

Episode 3: Rick Smith of Sakaya NYC

42:30 | May 18th, 2015

Rick Smith, owner of Sakaya, joins host Akiko Katayama in studio today for a conversation all about Sake. Rick starts the show by giving us all an education about what sake is made out of, and the complicated process of how it is brewed. Rick and Aki...Show More

Episode 2: Fish Ambassador from Ramen Country

42:19 | May 11th, 2015

Yuji Haraguchi, the chef behind OKONOMI // YUJI Ramen, joins Akiko Katayama for an information-filled episode of Japan Eats. Yuji explains how he embraces mottainai, a Japanese phrase that loosely translates to no waste, in his cooking. Learn about r...Show More

Episode 1: Brooklyn Kitchen / The Meat Hook

31:28 | May 11th, 2015

Welcome to Japan Eats! Japan Eats is a weekly radio show from Akiko Katayama, a food writer and a director of the non-profit organization The New York Japanese Culinary Academy (NYJCA), which promotes a deeper understanding of Japanese cuisine in the...Show More