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  • BookTradition

    Guide to the Japanese Tea Ceremony (Chanoyu no Nyumon)

    A book that even the novice can easily understand, exploring the fundamentals of chanoyu, the Japanese Way of Tea. The perfect all-inclusive handbook for enjoying Japanese tea; covering the rules, history, utensils, recommended shops and museums, even tips on how to properly appreciate your tea container.

  • BookFood

    Let’s Drink—Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe (Kansai de Nomō: Kyotō, Osaka, soshite Kōbe)

    A delectable investigation by stand-out food magazine Salty-Sweet Pocketbook (Amakara Techō) with izakaya master and author of over 10 books on Japanese bars, Kazuhiko Ohta. Dive in to the profound food customs of Japan’s eastern Kansai region and experience an all-new culture of izakaya.

  • BookFood

    Zen & Food (Zen to Shoku)

    Famous works by Dōgen, the grandfather of Zen Buddhism, explained by prominent monk-professor and “leading garden designer” Shunmyō Masuno. Luxurious, yet simple meals and the heart of Zen-style cooking at the start of each and every shining new day.

  • BookFood

    The Japanese Olympian’s Diet Program: “Winning Food” Recipes for Strong Youth

    Winning Food is the meal program that supports Japan’s representative athletes. This is a book of carefully-selected recipes aimed at helping children grow up strong. Winning Food considers balanced nutrition at its core, covering staple foods, soups, dairy, sides and main dishes, and fruit.

  • BookLiterature

    Whiskey Boys: Revolutionary Men of Japanese Wine

    The story of three men who first cultivated Japanese wine grapes when everyone said it couldn’t be done. From cultivation through brewing, these young men worked to create wines of the finest quality. Winner of Shogakukan’s 16th Nonfiction Literary Prize.

  • BookFood

    Please Choose Real Olive Oil: The Definitive Guide!

    What exactly is a top-quality olive oil? Olive oil sommeliers teach us how to carefully select the best, cover new trends in California olive oil, as well as lifestyles of the producers and their local cuisines, and even introduce easy recipes for enjoying your delicious olive oils.

  • BookFood

    The Secret Taste of Passion in Japanese Cuisine

    An easy to understand educational book featuring everything from highlights of world-renowned traditional Japanese cuisine, to the greatest depths of flavor. The passion of Japanese flavor leaps out from every page! Complete with colorfully illustrated dishes, ingredients, and cookware.

  • BookFood

    Edo Food Culture

    From popular soba noodles and the culture of dining out at izakaya, to the beginnings of meibutsu (local specialties) and the relationship between food and ceremony—a book on food culture of the Edo period! This informative book also delves into the production methods that made it all possible, as well as the cultural aspects of the recipe book in Japan.

  • BookFood

    Tea Girl’s Holiday

    The growing popularity of casual new approaches to traditional Japanese culture has sparked a “green tea boom” among young women in Japan. This guidebook explains how to enjoy matcha—Japanese ceremonial green tea—with cute tea bowls and sweets in a new kind of tea ceremony that doesn’t require a lot of money or traditional school membership. Perfect for tea-lovers outside of Japan.

  • BookFood

    Aritsugu: An Inside Look at Kyoto’s Renowned Artisanal Knife Maker Since 1560 

    This practical guide to hocho kitchen knives provides an overview of the knives of the legendary Kyoto shop Aritsugu, in business for over 450 years, as well as an introduction to the artisanal spirit that goes into their creation. The first-ever handbook on how to purchase, care for, and sharpen knives the Aritsugu way. Written in English and Japanese.

  • BookFood

    Washoku Seasoning (Bilingual Guide to Japan)

    This unique handbook introduces the basics of traditional Japanese seasoning, including the five all-important elements of sugar, salt, vinegar, soy sauce, and miso, as well as condiments such as wasabi (Japanese horse radish) and ichimi (chili pepper), and recipes for typical Japanese foods. A perfect gift for anyone interested in Japanese cuisine, or anyone visiting Japan or curious about Japanese culture. Written in both English and Japanese.