What does washoku mean? It is the Japanese word for traditional food. Sounds simple enough, but there is a lot more to it than that. Washoku also refers to the ingredients, preparation, and food-culture that surrounds this amazing cuisine.
A lot has happened since I started this blog in the summer of 2015. Though it started as a way for me to share my own personal story of learning to cook Japanese food, it has evolved into a blog where I share my greatest obsession, a love of Japanese culture. Whether I am explaining what the origins of emoji are or describing the history of candy in Japan, I always love learning more about this amazing country and sharing it with my readers.
And though the experience has been worth it simply for its own merit, it paid off more than I could imagine. In the spring of 2017, a Japanese television show found me through my blog and I was given the amazing opportunity to travel to Japan and film an episode with them. Though I was unable to write about it until the episode aired, I am now able to do so and have been recording my experience here.
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The Three Wise Monkeys are very recognizable. You see them all over the place, from ceramic statues found at Target to, well, emojis. You might even know that they’re Japanese in origin. But, I bet you didn’t know that the monkeys have names. Mizaru, who sees no evil; Kikazaru, who hears no evil; and Iwazaru, who speaks no evil. As for the cheeky addition you sometimes see who is covering up his privates, I don’t know his name, but we’ll call him Chad.