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Browsing Category: > Cuisine

Ocha & Co - Matcha By Mail Order

Date: Saturday April 9th 2016 [14:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

While taking a day off from being an otaku I was browsing the stalls at the London Coffee Festival looking for ways to feed my never ending caffeine addiction. You never really switch off from being an otaku, as I stumbled upon a Japanese tea company Ocha & Co who are promoting themselves to coffee connoisseurs.

Many of our readers are fans of Japanese matcha powder and loose leaf Japanese tea, so naturally I was curious. The staff at Ocha & Co explained that they source directly from one tea producer in Shizuoka. The organic certified tea is then shipped quickly to them and then on again directly to the customer. They're keen to get the tea directly from the plantation to your cup in the shortest possible time. You can also buy their matcha and teas direct from Japan using Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.

Source: Ocha & Co

Using an Anime Image Tool to Upscale Traditional Japanese Prints

Date: Thursday May 21st 2015 [11:26] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology

John Resig is not normally a name you'd expect to see on Otaku News. He's a JavaScript Guru and the creator of the hugely popular jQuery JavaScript library. While he's not being awesome with JavaScript he is also busy working on a Database of Japanese Prints.

In a recent blog post he explains how he's been tinkering with a tool called Waifu2x to enlarge low res images of wood block prints. Waifu2x was originally designed to enlarge anime and fan art, but as John explains it can be used with Japanese Prints (with some trade offs).

Source: John Resig's Blog

Maid Cafe NY - Grand Opening - August 18th 2013

Date: Thursday August 8th 2013 [16:38] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Cuisine

We've covered maid cafes before in both New York and London, but until now they've all been pop-up cafes set to run for a single day or weekend at time. We've been sent some interesting details about New York's first dedicated Maid Cafe, called Maid Cafe NY. It opens on Sunday August 18th 2013 at 150 Centre Street, Downtown, NY. The grand opening is set to run from 11am to 3:30pm.

Read More... | Source: Maid Cafe NY

NHK World at the Japan Expo 2013 Paris

Date: Tuesday July 2nd 2013 [17:13] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The good folks from NHK World have sent us details of their latest European adventures.

They'll be at the Japan Expo 2013 in Paris from 4th to 7th July 2013. NHK world will have a host of events at the Expo, highlights include a Shironuri Makeup Session with leading shironuri artist Minori.

We've been told that they'll also be at Hyper Japan 2013 in London on Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July 2013.

For the latest event schedule, please visit their Japan Expo 2013 Website.

UK based readers will be pleased to hear that you can now watch NHK World on Virgin Media Channel 625, along with FreeSat Channel 209 or on Sky Channel 507.

Read More... | Source: NHK World

BBC News on Bento Boxes

Date: Sunday December 11th 2011 [14:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Cuisine

We've covered Bento Boxes and the fun designs you can make with the food called kyaraben before on Otaku News. BBC News have a video on bento boxes in Japan. It includes a bento making class eager parents go to in order to learn about the art of making kyaraben.

Source: BBC News

Idle Idol - The Japanese Mascot

Date: Wednesday June 23rd 2010 [15:11] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

Fans of Japanese street furniture, retail space and the quirky side of things will want to check out the new book called Idle Idol: The Japanese mascot. The authors have sent details about this book, which collates the plastic mascots found outside shops, restaurants and other places trying to draw the attentions of passers by.

Read More... | Source: Idle Idol - The Japanese Mascot

Tokyo Bento Shopping Guide

Date: Sunday May 2nd 2010 [14:59] | Posted By: Helephant
Category: > Retail

Bento, beautiful and healthy lunchboxes, is an otaku passion that keeps niggling at the edges of mainstream consciousness. The New York Times ran an article on it recently, some of the most amazing photos made the Flickr blog last week and there has been an explosion of books (US, UK) about the topic.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Viz Cinema launched Eatrip a movie about Japanese food

Date: Sunday April 4th 2010 [6:10] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Fans of Japanese cuisine and film in San Francisco will want to head over to the U.S. Premiere of Eatrip on Saturday April 10th 2010.

"Eatrip explores the interpersonal relationships that food nurtures. This documentary includes interviews with actor Tadanobu Asano, singer UA, tea master Sen Souoku, and many others. It takes you on a journey throughout Japan to look at how life can be led optimally through the daily ritual of eating. To eat is indeed to live. Life is just an "eating trip" (eatrip)."

Read More... | Source: VIZ Cinema

Bento Boxes a big hit in the US

Date: Wednesday January 13th 2010 [17:00] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Cuisine

The New York Times has an interesting article about bento boxes becoming popular in the US.

The meals in a box have become popular in the US for a variety of reasons, apart from the novelty, it's also a great way for a balanced diet, getting all the right food groups in a box. Along with that, it's idea for portion control. The article also highlights how it helps small children who can be fussy eaters eat something healthy.

Source: New York Times

Everyday Harumi Cook Book Due September 2009

Date: Monday July 6th 2009 [16:02] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Cuisine

Fans of Japanese cooking at home should note that Harumi's new book is due for released in September 2009.
It hits the UK on 7th September 2009, while US readers will have to wait a few more days until September 22nd.

Pre Order from Amazon UK
Pre Order from Amazon US

The book covers a wide variety of basic typically Japanese recipes. Harumi thinks you'll be able to create fantastic meals using the simple flavours. The best selling author has sold over 20 million of her books and magazine world wide.

Update: Harumi will be signing books in London at Selfridges Oxford Street on Friday 18th September 2009 from 1.30pm (she will be in the basement book store).

Read More... | Source: Conran Octopus

The Artistic Bento of AnnaTheRed

Date: Thursday February 5th 2009 [8:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Cuisine

Wired are running and interesting story about AnnaTheRedís Bento Creations. Wired have published an interview with her and also put a gallery of her work on-line. More can also be seen on her Flickr page.

The food looks divine and is made for her lucky boyfriend. Themes for her bento include Totoro, Katamari, Wall-E, Link (from Zelda), Smash Bros, Spirited Away and Kiki's Delivery Service.

Source: Wired

Maid Cafe in Toronto

Date: Tuesday December 5th 2006 [7:21] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Freaky Things

Canada can now boast it's first maid cafe. You have to feel a little sorry for the girls who work there, I mean isn't Canada cold? Aren't those skirts a little too short then? Where's the Hawaiian outlet? Judging by the menu it seems to be mainly snack food. Not that I suspect most of our readers would go for the food.... That said I imagine a trip to Canada is cheaper than Japan.

Source: Boing Boing

DNA Tests for Pork in Japan!

Date: Saturday May 29th 2004 [17:14] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

In Japan "kurobuta" - the English rare breed of Berkshire pigs are prized for their meat. The BBC are running a story about Sygen a company that breeds and sells these pigs for a Japanese market. Due to fraud, they've had to use DNA testing to prove the authenticity of the meat on the shelves.

Source: BBC News

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