June 23, 2014

Umami Mart Map: The Chronicles of Nagoya

by Yoko Kumano

Instead of reaching there via a Wardrobe route, Nagoya is about a two-hour bullet train ride from Tokyo. It is the third most populous city in Japan, with 2.3 million people living within 11 square miles. Car geeks may know Nagoya as Toyota HQ. Gamblers may take note that it is where pachinko was born. […]

August 1, 2013

Kuishinbo: Doyou no Ushinohi (A Day for Eel)

by Yuki HD

During midsummer, tradition is to have unagi (freshwater eel) on specific days. The days are called doyou no ushinohi (土用の丑の日) to provide a nutritional treat, as well as to help survive the hot season. Unagi carries a lot of “stamina” nutrition, such as vitamins A and B-complex. The ancient Japanese diet, like today, was mostly vegetables […]

November 15, 2011

Outone Unagi Shop (Chiba)

by Kayoko Akabori

Before leaving for my big trip to Japan, I knew that the one and only thing I really wanted to eat was unagi. Eel! It is quite a delicacy in Japan, and is pricey as hell. Often they are run by families that have been serving eel for generations. Since childhood, my grandfather has been […]

January 13, 2011

Tokyo JUNKtion: Hitsumabushi at Unagi Ochiai

by Yoko Kumano

While my husband is away in Tokyo this week, I dig myself deeper everyday into a dark hole of despair and yearning. With emails from him like “I am going to Bar Tender in the day then Sasagin and Saburo in the night,” missing him is eclipsed by missing the food in Tokyo. To torture […]