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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 food and food culture. Her guests will range from a sake producer whose family has centuries of sake-making history, to a great American chef who pushes the envelope of Japanese cuisine. Japanese cuisine is demystified here!

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 food and food culture. Her guests will range from a sake producer whose family has centuries of sake-making history, to a great American chef who pushes the envelope of Japanese cuisine. Japanese cuisine is demystified here!
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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 food and food culture. Her guests will range from a sake producer whose family has centuries of sake-making history, to a great American chef who pushes the envelope of Japanese cuisine. Japanese cuisine is demystified here!

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Episodes

Episode 141: Crafting Beer: Traditional Techniques, Modern Brews

12/10/2018
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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 Beer: Traditional Techniques, Modern Brews.

Duration:01:04:39

Episode 140: What is Yoshoku?

11/26/2018
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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 culinary background and much, much more!!!

Duration:00:46:49

Episode 139: A Blue-eyed Japanese Tea Ambassador

11/19/2018
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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 Japanese green tea. In this episode, Oscar Brekell, a certified Japanese tea instructor based in Tokyo and the owner of "Oscar Brekell Tea Selection", will discuss how he fell in love with Japanese tea, how it changed his life, what tea you should drink,...

Duration:01:01:46

Episode 138: A Solo Ramen Experience at Ichiran

11/12/2018
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"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 concept of the solo dining that can maximize the flavor in your bowl!!! "

Duration:00:47:58

Episode 137: Sake Ambassador Andrew Richardson

11/5/2018
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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.

Duration:00:55:59

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

10/29/2018
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"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, culture and cooking methods. He appeared on Episode 125, and told us about his favorite Japanese chefs and restaurants in Paris, NY and in Tokyo. In this episode, we will continue our conversation with Massud with the focus on sushi restaurants...

Duration:00:53:02

Episode 135: Koji: The Mother of Japanese Fermentation

10/23/2018
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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, how you can use it in your own kitchen and much, much more!!!

Duration:00:56:37

Episode 134: Discover New Style Cocktails with Katana Kitten!

10/15/2018
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"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. Our guests are three key players of the cocktail industry: Masahiro Urushido, the Managing Partner, Head Bartender & Director of Deliciousness of Katana Kitten, James Tune, the General Manager and Managing Partner and Greg Boehm, the co-owner and...

Duration:00:45:59

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

10/8/2018
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"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 Japanese restaurants outside Japan, but it is not easy to find ones that exemplify the essence of Japanese restaurant culture. Yudai is trying to communicate the unique Japanese tradition that is yet to be known outside Japan. In this episode, we...

Duration:00:54:39

Episode 132: Dedicated to Shochu & Awamori

10/1/2018
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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 to Tokyo in 2002, and discovered the special, traditional Japanese alcoholic beverages, which are yet to be known outside Japan. We will discuss how Christopher got into Shochu and Awamori, what they are, how to drink them, his various activities...

Duration:01:04:44

Episode 131: Everything Dashi

9/24/2018
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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 cooking instructor based in Tokyo, and she has lived in Japan for over 50 years. She runs the culinary arts program called A Taste of Culture, which offers a great opportunity for non-Japanese people to explore Japanese culture through its food....

Duration:00:52:32

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

9/17/2018
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"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 modern twists. Chikara’s background is intriguing. He spent 7 years in Europe, owned a successful Japanese restaurant and eventually worked for the renowned chef Ferran Adria at El Bulli in San Sebastioan, Spain. And his style of cooking reflects his...

Duration:00:51:36

Episode 129: A Sustainable Sushi Restaurant

9/10/2018
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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 the best sushi and conserve the precious ocean resources.

Duration:01:07:45

Episode 128: Translating Japanese Drink Culture

8/13/2018
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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 the West Village called Coco’s Spirit. We will discuss how Coco became a Japanese beverage expert, what Coco’s Spirit is, what Japanese spirits you should try now, and much, much more!

Duration:00:54:59

Episode 127: Uchu: My Unique Take on Kaiseki

7/30/2018
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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 trained as a chef almost entirely in the United States. We discover how Sam studied Japanese cuisine, how he expresses the idea of Kaiseki, his new Wagyu sandwich restaurant, and much, much more!

Duration:00:45:14

Episode 126: Sushi Noz: Pursuing Authenticity in America

7/23/2018
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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 opened a sushi restaurant with a classically trained Japanese chef, and much more!

Duration:00:53:42

Episode 125: Where To Eat Japanese Food: A Guide

7/16/2018
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"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 dishes, such as history, culture and cooking methods. On this episode, Massud shares his favorite Japanese restaurants, the latest trend of Japanese dining culture, and much, much more! "

Duration:00:52:34

Episode 124: Somebody Feed Phil (in Japan)

7/9/2018
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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 Feed Phil on Netflix. On this episode, Phil will share his his deep insight into Japanese food culture.

Duration:00:55:56

Episode 123: Japan Paved the Way to Becoming a Chef

7/2/2018
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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!

Duration:00:57:44

Episode 122: Finding the Path Between Kyoto and New York

6/25/2018
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This week, Akiko is joined by Dan Tominaga, the chef/owner of the "modern" Japanese restaurant Another C in Kyoto.

Duration:00:52:50