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Eating Clean In 2019

Let’s face it, losing weight and getting healthier are amongst two of the most popular new year’s resolutions people make at this time of the year. And, after several weeks of over indulging on rich festive foods, your body is probably crying out for a detox. Clean eating has been a buzzword in the world…

Quick & Easy Japanese Xmas Party Food from Yutaka

If you’re looking for quick and easy yet innovative recipes for making party food with a twist this Christmas, Yutaka has lots to offer with its Japanese finger food recipes. Yutaka is the home of quality Japanese food and its website is packed with recipe ideas that are perfect for parties. They’re great value too,…

Give Your Hot Cross Buns A Lift With Yuzu & Honey from Yutaka

Bring a little Asian fusion into your Easter celebrations with these Yuzu & Honey Hot Cross Buns from Yutaka. The yuzu gives them a zesty tang, whilst the honey imparts an additional depth of flavour. Yuzu & Honey Hot Cross Buns  Makes 15-20 Ingredients For the buns: 575g strong bread flour 75g caster sugar 75g…

Get in The Pink with Japanese Girls’ Day

No-one is left out in Japan when it comes to celebratory days. There are days dedicated to elderly people, adults, the labour force and children, to name but a few. As if those weren’t enough, there’s also a boy’s day and, this Saturday on March 3rd, it’s Hinamatsuri, which is just for the girls.  …

Be My Valentine in Japan

Valentine’s Day is popular the world over – especially with florists and card manufacturers. The same is true in Japan, but they celebrate in a unique way, as we discovered. Valentine’s Day, as we would recognise it, only dates back to the 1950s in Japan. In those days, it was unheard of for women to…

Setsubun Is Fun

When it comes to Asian celebrations in February, most people think about Chinese New Year, which takes place on the 16th of the month this year. However, Japan has a great festival that also happens in early February and falls on Saturday 3rd this year. It’s called Setsubun, which translates as ‘change of seasons’ and…

Sakura Season

We’ve all seen those amazing photos of blossom taken in Japan. The sakura (cherry blossom) season has just begun over there, but celebrations go beyond a simple stroll through the trees. Many Japanese people organise hanami (flower viewing) parties beneath the trees, with the partying sometimes lasting all day and well into the night. The…

Sapporo Snow Festival

One of the most fabulous festivals in Japan each year is the Sapporo Snow Festival. It’s not sponsored by the famous beer of the same name, it’s actually named after the city of Sapporo in which the three festival sites are located.  The festival began in the 50s when a group of students created a…

Aphrodisiac Sushi Heart Pizza –

Makes Perfect Valentine Foreplay, Says Relationship Expert Chilean author Isabel Allende famously said: “Cooking can be like foreplay” and she was spot on, according to UK-based relationship expert and lifestyle coach, Olga Levancuka. Cooking with your long-term partner can be a real turn-on and it can also help two people meeting for the first time…

Chinese New Year

The Chinese celebrate the Year of the Rooster in 2017. Their official new year begins on Saturday 28th January and ends on 15th February 2018. Also called the Spring Festival, because the dates are governed by the Chinese lunisolar calendar, they change every year. We take a look at some of the traditions surrounding the…

Festive Baked Tofu Cheesecake with Berries

With a creamy top and buttery biscuit base, who can resist this classic dessert? Our recipe cuts some of the calories and fat without sacrificing flavour by using Yutaka tofu. It’s the perfect addition to your holiday table or for any occasion for that matter. We’ve created a video to help out. Tofu Cheesecake Recipe using a…

Happy Japanese Christmas

Christmas has become increasingly popular in Japan over the last few decades but it’s not a national holiday, which means many businesses and schools remain open on 25th December. When you think about it, it’s quite obvious really – Christmas is a Christian holiday and less than 1% of the Japanese population are Christian. However,…

Spooky Sushi Halloween Coffins From Yutaka

Nothing shouts Halloween more than coffin-shaped sushi, now does it! This dastardly design from leading Japanese food company Yutaka is so easy to make that anyone can create their own sushi cemetery with just a few simple ingredients. Spooky Sushi Coffins Ingredients 125g Yutaka Sushi Rice 1½ tbs Yutaka Rice Vinegar 1 tbs sugar ½ tsp…