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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Ramen is such a delicious, wholesome, and popular dish, it’s hard to believe that at one point, it was more or less illegal. Okay, not the dish itself, but the restaurants that sold it. Since this was long before the invention of instant noodles and easy home preparation, that meant that to eat a steaming bowl of ramen, you had to go to the black market.
My friends and I would purchase a twelve pack of ramen each on Monday morning and then continue to collect our $5.00 of lunch money everyday for two weeks. This worked especially well since my high school had an open campus, was next door to a grocery store, and had a kitchen the students could use. We used this methods to get extra pocket money for CDs, baggy pants from Hot Topic, batteries for our discmans, and whatever else a teenager might want in the early 2000s.