Tamagoyaki means grilled egg in translation, and is a type of Japanese omelette.  There are different types of tamagoyaki depending on the additional ingredients for different purposes or


Hijiki is a wild sea vegetable that is an important ingredient for Japanese cuisine.  It is a good source of fiber, calcium, and iron. The main cultivation season

Otoshi buta

Otoshi buta is a Japanese “drop lid” typically made from wood, although nowadays silicon, plastic, and other materials are also used.  “Drop lid” means it is small enough

Roasted Soy Beans

Today is Setsubun (the literal meaning is seasonal division) which is the day before the beginning of Spring under the Japanese lunar calendar.  It is the day to

Yaki Onigiri

Onigiri means rice ball, and yaki onigiri means grilled rice ball.  All onigiri are very tasty and are considered a comfort food by most Japanese people.  And, yaki

Ice Scream

Stop talking, brain thinking. Hush. It’s a fez. I wear a fez now. Fezes are cool. I’m the Doctor, I’m worse than everyone’s aunt. *catches himself* And that


It’s a T. It goes “tuh”. Bender, hurry! This fuel’s expensive! Also, we’re dying! For the last time, I don’t like lilacs! Your ‘first’ wife was the one

Minimal Food

I saw you with those two “ladies of the evening” at Elzars. Explain that. I’ll tell them you went down prying the wedding ring off his cold, dead

I love Cakes

Michael! That’s what it said on ‘Ask Jeeves.’ First place chick is hot, but has an attitude, doesn’t date magicians. No, I did not kill Kitty. However, I

About Yoko

[fwp-cc-aboutbox about_labeL=”AUTHOR” name=”Yoko Bryden” image=”http://www.EssenceOfJapan.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/IMG_3430-001.jpg”]I live outside Boston with my husband and 3 boys. I’ve traveled to many different parts of the world, seen different cultures, and tasted