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Finding your Ikigai

Ikigai is the Japanese idea of finding your purpose in life and is not dissimilar to the French phrase ‘raison d’etre’, which literally translates as ‘reason to be’. By discovering your ikigai, you will find balance and contentment in life. So, what does it mean and how can you find your ikigai? The word ikigai is made…

WA on WABI

Hot on the heels of our success at the BBC Good Food Show, we’re heading to London for an exciting new show called WABI. The aim of WABI is to showcase all things Japan and we’re excited not only to be taking part, but also to be one of the major sponsors. As well as…

Sayonara Europe Sushi Search

International Sushi Day from Croque en Bushi to Bratwurst Nigiri International Sushi Day takes place on Sunday June 17th, 2017. Last year Yutaka, the UK’s largest producer of authentic Japanese food, launched a search to find Great British Sushi, which resulted in delights such as Deep Fried Haggis Onigiri and Cream Tea Sushi Scones. This year,…

Sushi Kebabs & Panko Burger

Give your BBQ a Japanese zing this summer with a contemporary twist on these traditional BBQ recipes from Yutaka – kebabs, burgers, marinade, mayonnaise and BBQ sauce. Sushi Kebabs These sushi kebabs feature many of the flavours associated with this traditional Japanese dish, including salmon, peppers and courgettes. Change it up with chicken instead of…

Dekotora – the Art of Trucking

Japan is the land of extremes – from the elegant simplicity of its ancient tea ceremonies to its strange and outlandish street style. Many of the trends have made their way into other cultures throughout world, but one which remains firmly in Japan is truck art, or Dekotora (short for decoration truck), as it is…

Going Nuts Over Ginger

Ginger is one of the world’s most individual and popular spices, which has been popularised in the UK within all sorts of food and drink, from ginger beer to gingerbread men (it was Queen Elizabeth 1 who ‘invented’ gingerbread men as she used to have ginger biscuits made and decorated in the likeness of her…