Before I came to live in Japan in 2008, it was all Godzilla, big cities and geisha in my mind. Yeah, Japan was one big cliché populated by sumo wrestlers and pretty much everybody ate sushi for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guess what, I was way off and I now realize that my imperfect preconception of Japan has nothing to do with my daily life in the countryside of Hiroshima prefecture where I live and teach.
My Japan is a tiny village in the middle of mountains where my house is surrounded by rice fields and bamboo forest, nothing to do with the big city life I had envisioned before getting here.
This is view from my kitchen on a foggy morning.
My daily foodie life in the Japanese countryside became and still is a very unique challenge. Here is a few reason why:
- There is pretty much no restaurant in the immediate vicinity of my house.
- There is only a tiny supermarket in the area, none near my house.
- My first kitchen was tiny, old, dirty and ill equipped
Yet, my foodie determination was unshaken, I would find and cook my way through this less than perfect situation.
So this blog is all about how I am learning to cook Japanese food and my restaurant experiences far and wide. I spend most of my time in the prefecture of Hiroshima and Okayama, but I often travel around Japan and my foodie interested often expend beyond Japan since I am trying to visit as many countries in Asia I possibly can.
You will find very few Tokyo-centric references in my post, it’s all about local food and local taste. I got nothing against Tokyo, I just live too darn far to partake in Michelin guide 4 stars dinning
The lack of proper supermarkets lead me to try to to cook with only what I could find in my area. I am surrounded by farmlands and some amazing seasonal vegetables and fruits are available at the farmers market.
I will try to post some of the stuff I cook in my tiny kitchen and see if it’s possible to keep it local.
Enjoy and don’t hesitate to post comments