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International "Washoku" Show Japan 2015

Japanese food has a long and diverse history. In fact, it was recently designated as an Intangible World Cultural Heritage. Estimated at about *415 billion dollars, the Japanese market for washoku is going strong. Join Brian Hughes for the International "Washoku" Show, and a close-up look at the tasty business of Japanese food.
* Data from Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in 2009.

Schedule: Mar. 4-6, 2015
Location: Makuhari Messe

Japanese food, or washoku, has been designated as a UNESCO world cultural heritage, and there's a growing interest in this unique style of cooking worldwide. With this in mind, and particularly focusing on both the history of and new developments in Japanese cuisine, The International Washoku Show Japan 2015 was held to help further expand the popularity of washoku both overseas and domestically. Under the auspices of Foodex Japan, an exhibition often featured here on great gear, this newly created event features everything from food and drink to kitchen appliances. Highlights include a high-tech multifunction cooking station, a device for finding out how fatty fish is, an automatic nigiri sushi machine small enough to carry, gorgeous Japanese-style menus, a new super delicious kind of soymilk that goes well with traditional dashi soup stock, and of course, lots of food.

  • International 'Washoku' Show Japan 2015
  • International 'Washoku' Show Japan 2015
  • International 'Washoku' Show Japan 2015
  • International 'Washoku' Show Japan 2015
  • International 'Washoku' Show Japan 2015
  • International 'Washoku' Show Japan 2015

Further Info:

Please note that some of the products or services featured in this program may be prototypes and not be sold at stores. NHK is not responsible for any damages, losses or injuries caused by the usage of these products or services.

- Japan Management Association
http://www.jma.or.jp/washoku/ (Japanese only)
Organizer Office +81-3-3434-1377

- FUJIMAK CORPORATION
http://www.fujimak.biz
Public Relations +81-3-3434-6662

- Yamato Scale Co., Ltd.
http://www.yamato-scale.co.jp/en/
Public Relations +81-78-918-6540

- TOP.,INC.
http://www.sushimachine.biz
Public Relations +81-6-6380-3577

- AKASHIDENKOU Corporation
http://www.akashidenko.co.jp (Japanese only)
Public Relations. +81-25-278-7712

- Takanofoods Co., Ltd.
http://www.takanofoods.co.jp (Japanese only)
Public Relations +81-3-3845-7010

- Hirasawa Print Co.,Ltd
http://h-print.co.jp
Public Relations +81-3-3202-2531

- FUJI OIL CO., LTD.
http://www.fujioil.co.jp/fujioil_e/
Public Relations +81-3-5418-1956

- Gohachido
http://gohachido.net (Japanese only)
Public Relations +81-75-641-1320

The Cutting Edge of Fine Taste

It slices. It dices. Japanese kitchen knives are praised around the world for the superior quality of their edges. For this cutting-edge edition of second segment, we'll visit a company producing knives with a very special kind of steel, and find out just how sharp they really are in a close-up look at this Japanese kitchen essential.

Tsubame city in Niigata prefecture is home to many metal processing manufacturers, including Fujitora Industry. They're famous around the world for high-end professional stainless steel kitchen knives. Among their line of composite knives, the Damascus series is known for high quality edges and the beautiful patterns on its blades. Originating in India, Damascus steel was much prized in medieval Europe for its superior edge. With their Damascus series, they have developed a modern method for emulating the legendary steel's distinctive pattern. Despite being mass-produced, these blades are made with the knowledge of skilled craftspeople and the sharpening, the most important step, is completely done by hand. The resulting knives are as functional as they are beautiful and represent the high level of cost performance that people have come to expect from Japan.

  • The Cutting Edge of Fine Taste
  • The Cutting Edge of Fine Taste
  • The Cutting Edge of Fine Taste
  • The Cutting Edge of Fine Taste
  • The Cutting Edge of Fine Taste
  • The Cutting Edge of Fine Taste

Further Info:

Please note that some of the products or services featured in this program may be prototypes and not be sold at stores. NHK is not responsible for any damages, losses or injuries caused by the usage of these products or services.

- FUJITORA INDUSTRY CO.,LTD
http://tojiro.net/jp/ (Japanese only)
Public Relations +81-256-63-7151

Brewing Soy Sauce, the Old Fashioned Way

On our final segment, we'll sample the most commonly used condiment in Japanese cuisine. You guessed it: "soy sauce". We'll visit a soy sauce producer that's been using the same method of preparation since the Edo period. Matthew Masaru Barron learns about a piece of equipment that's crucial to making genuine high-quality soy sauce.

In Japanese, soy sauce is known as "shoyu," and it is a very important part of almost every kind of Japanese cuisine. Yamaroku Shoyu is a producer of this tasty liquid with a difference. Located on the island of Shodoshima, this manufacturer makes shoyu in the traditional way, using giant casks, some of which are over a century old. Today, less than 1% of the country's shoyu makers use wooden barrels, and Yamaroku has over 50 of them, the largest number in the country. The older barrels have a frosty white coating that makes them look like rotting wood, but it's actually high-quality mold culture particular to Japan. It's what adds umami to the soy sauce, a key flavor element of Japanese cooking. Yasuo Yamamoto, the fifth-generation owner of the brewery, when faced with the need for more barrels, even began making his own. The result is a unique flavor that's truly hand made.

  • Brewing Soy Sauce, the Old Fashioned Way
  • Brewing Soy Sauce, the Old Fashioned Way
  • Brewing Soy Sauce, the Old Fashioned Way
  • Brewing Soy Sauce, the Old Fashioned Way
  • Brewing Soy Sauce, the Old Fashioned Way
  • Brewing Soy Sauce, the Old Fashioned Way

Further Info:

Please note that some of the products or services featured in this program may be prototypes and not be sold at stores. NHK is not responsible for any damages, losses or injuries caused by the usage of these products or services.

- Yamaroku Syoyu
http://yama-roku.net (Japanese only)
Public Relations +81-879-82-0666

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