EPISODE 99 | October 16, 2017

Japanese Tableware with Elizabeth Andoh

On this week’s episode of Japan Eats, author and Japanese cuisine specialist Elizabeth Andoh is back in studio to chat with…

EPISODE 98 | October 9, 2017

Table for Two USA

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined by Mayumi Uejima-Carr of the Table for Two USA organization, a nonprofit…

EPISODE 97 | October 2, 2017

Japanese Whisky: Balance & Harmony

On this week’s episode of Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in studio by Shinji Fukuyo, Whisky expert and chief blender…

EPISODE 96 | September 25, 2017

The Art of Mochi

On this week’s episode of Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined by Fujiko Aoki, chef and owner at Mochin Rin. A…

EPISODE 95 | September 18, 2017

New Style Sushi: Balancing Tradition and Creativity

On this week’s episode of Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined by chefs Nick Kim & Jimmy Lau of Shuko,…

EPISODE 94 | September 11, 2017

The Japanese Pantry

On the season premiere of Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Chris Bonomo, a passionate home cook…

EPISODE 93 | August 7, 2017

A Whale of a Tale

On the season finale of Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined by Megumi Sasaki, a film director and producer who…

EPISODE 92 | July 31, 2017

Miss Sake USA!!!

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Jessica Joly, a sake sommelier who became the very first…

EPISODE 91 | July 24, 2017

Why Does Aged Raw Fish Taste Great?

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Idan Elkon, co-owner of Ichimura, a ten seat sushi…

EPISODE 90 | July 17, 2017

Japanese School Lunch

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined by Atsuko Quirk, a documentary filmmaker and environmental activist. Her recent short…

EPISODE 89 | July 10, 2017

What is Iekei Ramen?

On this week’s episode of Japan Eats, host Akiko is joined in studio by Jimmy Matsushima of E.A.K. Ramen. Jimmy talks about…

EPISODE 88 | June 26, 2017

Beyond Sushi

On this week’s episode, Akiko Katayama discusses Japanese food, vegetarianism, and much more with Guy Vaknin, Owner and Executive Chef…

EPISODE 87 | June 12, 2017

Translating the History of Japanese Americans

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Craig Koketsu, a third generation Japanese-American and chef-partner…

EPISODE 86 | June 5, 2017

Inspired by Japanese Cuisine

On an all new episode of Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined by Nils Norén of Asil Limited, a consulting company…

EPISODE 85 | May 29, 2017

The Craftsmen Behind Your Glass of Sake

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Masahiro Takeda of Wine of Japan, the leading national…

EPISODE 84 | May 22, 2017

Serving Japanese Tea for 300 Years

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined by Tomoko Honda of Ippodo Tea in Midtown Manhattan, the first street-front location of…

EPISODE 83 | May 15, 2017

Tsukemono: The Unexplored World of Japanese Pickles

On this week’s episode of Japan Eats, host Akiko is joined in studio by Japanese cuisine specialist Elizabeth Andoh. Elizabeth talks about…

EPISODE 82 | May 8, 2017

Nabe: Japanese Hot Pot

On the season premiere of Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Chef Tadashi Ono. Tadashi Ono was…

EPISODE 81 | April 17, 2017

What Exactly Is Wagyu?

On the season finale of Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Ryuta Kawano of Zen Noh, a passionate…

EPISODE 80 | April 10, 2017

My Career in Sake

On this week’s episode of Japan Eats, sake specialist Monica Samuels joins Akiko in studio for a conversation about Monica’s American-Japanese background and…

EPISODE 79 | March 27, 2017

Blue Bottle Coffee & Japanese Coffee Culture

On this week’s episode of Japan Eats, Akiko is joined in studio by James Freeman, founder and CEO of Blue…

EPISODE 78 | March 20, 2017

50/50: The Second Generation’s Japanese Cuisine

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Maiko Kyogoku, owner of Bessou, a restaurant in Noho…

EPISODE 77 | March 13, 2017

Born to Make Sushi

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined by Keizo Seki, owner and founder of Sushi Zo. Keizo Seki was…

EPISODE 76 | March 6, 2017

The Quilted Giraffe: A Japanese Legacy

On this week’s episode of Japan Eats, host Akiko is joined in studio by restaurant industry legend Barry Wine, former chef…

EPISODE 75 | February 27, 2017

The CIA’s New Japanese Culinary Program

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined by Howie Velie, Associate Dean of Culinary Arts at the Culinary…

EPISODE 74 | February 20, 2017

Sumo Stew!!!

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by fellow HRN hosts Harry Rosenblum and Michael…

EPISODE 73 | February 13, 2017

Pursuing a New Style of Ramen

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined by San Francisco’s Chef Richie Nakano. In 2010, Nakano opened Hapa Ramen…

EPISODE 72 | February 6, 2017

Made in Brooklyn

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in studio by chef and entrepreneur Makoto Suzuki, owner of several restaurants in…

EPISODE 71 | January 30, 2017

A Japanese Take on Cocktails

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Masahiro Urushido, bar manager of Saxon + Parole…

EPISODE 70 | January 23, 2017

What is Kindai Tuna?

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in studio by Nick Sakagami, the only Certified Seafood Master by…

EPISODE 69 | January 16, 2017

You Think You Know Udon?

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in studio by chef and udon specialist Joji Uematsu. Uematsu is the…

EPISODE 68 | January 9, 2017

Into the Woods: An American’s Journey in a Japanese Village

On the season premiere of Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined by Douglas Diaz, a visual artist whose work has…

EPISODE 67 | December 12, 2016

The Art of Soba

On the season finale of Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Chef Mutsuko Soma, formerly of Seattle’s Miyabi…

EPISODE 66 | November 28, 2016

Expressing the Seasons

Today on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by David Kinch of Los Gatos’ Manresa. David tells…

EPISODE 65 | November 21, 2016

Luca Catalfamo of Casa Ramen

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined by Luca Catalfamo, chef and owner of Casa Ramen, the first restaurant…

EPISODE 64 | November 14, 2016

Edwyn Ferrari of Great Northern Food Hall

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Edwyn Ferrari, head chef of Great Northern Food…

EPISODE 63 | November 7, 2016

Kaiseki Takes Root in Seattle

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined by Shota Nakajima, the chef and owner of Naka in Seattle. Chef…

EPISODE 62 | October 31, 2016

The Sake Ambassador at a Liquor Shop

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Leonard Phillips, the owner of Ambassador Wines &…

EPISODE 61 | October 24, 2016

One Thing, Entirely Eaten

Elizabeth Andoh was born and raised in America and is not ethnically Japanese, but Japan has been her home for more than four…

EPISODE 60 | October 17, 2016

Inspired by Tea

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined by Stefen Ramirez of Tea Dealers, which aims to introduce premium teas to America…

EPISODE 59 | October 10, 2016

Teaching the Subtleties of Japanese Cuisine

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined by Hiroko Shimbo, an authority on Japanese cuisine who has earned world-wide recognition….

EPISODE 58 | October 3, 2016

Born into a Chef’s Family in Kyoto

Today on Japan Eats, we’re joined by restaurant consultant Atsushi Nakahigashi, who’s swinging by New York all the way from Kyoto….

EPISODE 57 | September 26, 2016

West Meets Japan at This Patisserie

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Tomoko Kato, an alum of Bouley and Le Bernardin who…

EPISODE 56 | September 19, 2016

Beyond Fishmonger

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by managers Luke Davin and Emma Kramer of…

EPISODE 55 | September 12, 2016

Teaming Up with Sake Brewers

On the season premiere of Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Henry Sidel, president of Joto…

EPISODE 54 | August 15, 2016

How I Became the World’s Best Bartender

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Shingo Gokan, head bartender of Angel’s…

EPISODE 53 | August 8, 2016

The Story of a Sake Ninja

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Chris Johnson, aka The Sake Ninja. As…

EPISODE 52 | August 1, 2016

My Own Shochu Distillery

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Jesse Falowitz, whose long travels around Asia…

EPISODE 51 | July 25, 2016

What is Tea Ceremony?

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Japanese tea ceremony instructor Keiko Kitazawa Koch.  Keiko…

EPISODE 50 | July 18, 2016

A Ramen Legend from Japan

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Chef Shigetoshi Nakamura, who recently debuted his first…

EPISODE 49 | July 11, 2016

Forager: Steward of the Land

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Tama Matsuoka Wong, a forager, weed eater, meadow doctor,…

EPISODE 48 | June 27, 2016

Image of Japanese Life

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Everett Kennedy Brown, a photographer working in Japan for…

EPISODE 47 | June 20, 2016

The Birth of Saké

Filmmaker Erik Shirai joins us in the studio to tell us all about the making of his latest documentary, The…

EPISODE 46 | June 6, 2016

The Art of Ice

On this week’s episode of Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by ice sculptor Shintaro Okamoto. He is…

EPISODE 45 | May 23, 2016

Many Seasons of Tableware

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Kumiko Jitsukawa, the founder of Ki-Chu New York, a…

EPISODE 44 | May 16, 2016

Connecting Tea Farmers & New Yorkers

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Zach Mangan, the founder of the kettl…

EPISODE 43 | May 9, 2016

No, It is Not Wagyu!

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Andy Moran, manager at Japan Premium Beef,…

EPISODE 42 | May 2, 2016

Born into a Sake Brewery

On this week’s episode of Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined by Kenji Ichishima, owner of the Ichishima Sake Brewery. Born…

EPISODE 41 | April 25, 2016

Introducing Wabi-Sabi Spirits to New Yorkers

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Stephen Globus, a native New Yorker who has…

EPISODE 40 | April 11, 2016

Discover Sake!

This week on Japan Eats, Akiko is joined by sake expert Chizuko Niikawa-Helton. Ms. Niikawa, grew up on the Temple…

EPISODE 39 | April 4, 2016

The Frontier of Ramen

On this week’s episode of Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Keizo Shimamoto, creator of the Original…

EPISODE 38 | March 28, 2016

The Art of Tenugui

On this week’s episode of Japan Eats, Akiko is joined in the studio by Ruri Kippenbrock, the founder of wuhao newyork Inc. The…

EPISODE 37 | March 21, 2016

An American Sushi Chef

On this week’s episode of Japan Eats, Akiko is joined in the studio by Robby Cook, the executive sushi chef of Morimoto…

EPISODE 36 | March 14, 2016

My Life As A Sake Brewer

On this week’s episode of Japan Eats, Akiko is joined in the studio by Todd Bellomy, brewer and co-founder of Dovetail Sake, Massachusetts’…

EPISODE 35 | March 7, 2016

Dedicated to Fish

On this week’s episode of Japan Eats, Akiko is joined in the studio by Yuji Haraguchi, owner of the restaurants Okonomi…

EPISODE 34 | February 29, 2016

Bringing a Green Tea Culture to the U.S.

On this week’s episode of Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama welcomes guest Rona Tison, the senior vice president of corporate relations at ITO…

EPISODE 33 | February 22, 2016

Sumo Food

On today’s episode of Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama welcomes guest Gaku Shibata, owner of the restaurants Azasu and Yoppari in New…

EPISODE 32 | February 15, 2016

The Life of a Sake Ambassador

After discovering premium sake for the first time in 2005, today’s guest Tim Sullivan went on to found UrbanSake.com, which…

EPISODE 31 | February 8, 2016

It All Started in Japan

Chef Michael Anthony, Executive Chef of Gramercy Tavern and Untitled of the Union Square Hospitality Group talks with Japan Eats…

EPISODE 30 | February 1, 2016

From French Chef To Ramen Master

Over his 25­‐year career, Chef Takashi Yagihashi has been lauded by consumers and critics alike for his exquisite ways of…

EPISODE 29 | January 25, 2016

The Crimson & Sparrow: A Lawyer’s Dream Comes True

John’s interest in cooking began with his curiosity in his grandmother’s expansive garden, learning early about the importance of seasonality,…

EPISODE 28 | January 18, 2016

The Sushi Explorer

Tune in to Japan Eats as host Akiko Katayama is in studio with Chef Marco Moreira. Brazilian-born chef Marco Moreira…

EPISODE 27 | January 11, 2016

A Food Critic’s View on NYC Japanese Restaurants

Japan Eats is brand new this week with host Akiko Katayama in studio with food critic and author, Robert Sietsema….

EPISODE 26 | January 4, 2016

Science in Japanese Food

Japan Eats returns for 2016 with none other than the man who wrote the book on science and cooking, Harold…

EPISODE 25 | December 14, 2015

The Sake Evangelist, John Gauntner

Known as “The Sake Guy,” and “The Sake Evangelist,” John Gauntner is recognized as the world’s leading non-Japanese sake expert…

EPISODE 24 | December 7, 2015

Applied Japanese Cuisine

Wylie Dufresne is in studio with Akiko this week for an intriguing episode of Japan Eats!  Hinting at his new…

EPISODE 23 | November 23, 2015

Obsessed with Shochu

“Kampai!” or “Cheers!” This week on Japan Eats host Akiko Katayama welcomes Stephen Lyman to the studio talking all about…

EPISODE 22 | November 16, 2015

Natto: A Stinky Superfood

Have you ever heard of natto? Otherwise known as a traditional Japanese food made from soybeans fermented with Bacillus subtilis, natto…

EPISODE 21 | November 9, 2015

Harris Salat of Ganso

How does one go from a food writer to a restaurant owner? Find out on a brand new episode of…

EPISODE 20 | November 2, 2015

In Pursuit of Japanese Tea

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is in studio with Sebastian Beckwith, owner at In the Pursuit of Tea. In…

EPISODE 19 | October 26, 2015

Cooking On a Farm in Japan

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is in studio with author, cook, and farmer, Nancy Singleton Hachisu.  Leaving…

EPISODE 18 | October 19, 2015

The Essence of Washoku

Born and raised in New York, though has called Japan home for more than four decades, writer and Japanese Food…

EPISODE 17 | October 12, 2015

Chef Michael Romano

Chef Michael Romano is in studio for Japan Eats this week with host Akiko Katayama.  Talking his impressive background beginning…

EPISODE 16 | October 5, 2015

Ivan Ramen

Ivan Orkin is in studio with host Akiko Katayama this week for Japan Eats!  Talking how this self described “Jewish…

EPISODE 15 | September 28, 2015

The Secret of Japanese Cocktails

Meet Kenta Goto, guest on this week’s episode of Japan Eats, hosted by Akiko Katayama.  Kenta is the mastermind behind…

EPISODE 14 | September 21, 2015

The Making of Japan Town

Japan Eats is back!  Host Akiko Katayama welcomes Shuho Yagi, owner of TIC Group, to the studio for a talk…

EPISODE 13 | August 10, 2015

Udon & Jazz!

What do Japanese udon and jazz music have in common? Tune in to Japan Eats as Akiko Katayama is in…

EPISODE 12 | July 27, 2015

Art of Japanese Knives

Japan is a land of long traditions including the intricate art of crafting Japanese knives, and today on Japan Eats,…

EPISODE 11 | July 20, 2015

Know Your Noodles, Know Your Ramen

This week on Japan Eats host Akiko Katayama interviews Kenshiro Uki of Sun Noodles for a discussion all about the…

EPISODE 10 | July 13, 2015

In Pursuit of Umami

This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayam is in studio with Tim Cushman, the heralded chef and owner of…

EPISODE 9 | July 6, 2015

What is Japanese Curry?

This week on Japan Eats host Akiko Katayama interviews the president of Go!Go! Curry Tomoko Omori, for a discussion all…

EPISODE 8 | June 29, 2015

Shochu is your new Whisky!

This week on Japan Eats host Akiko interviews the former bartender of Le Bernardin, Brian Matthys, about his love of…

EPISODE 7 | June 22, 2015

An American Sake Samurai

Today on Japan Eats, Akiko is sitting down with one of only 48 “Sake Samurais” in the world as honored…

EPISODE 6 | June 15, 2015

Story of Matcha

Matcha is, without a doubt, gaining popularity in the United States and is the topic of discussion on this week’s…

EPISODE 5 | June 8, 2015

Japanese Food Beyond Sushi & Ramen

Go beyond sushi and ramen and deeper into the rustic foods of Japan on a brand new episode of Japan…

EPISODE 4 | June 1, 2015

Japanese in Venice

Chris Jaeckle joins host Akiko Katayama this week on Japan Eats for a discussion about how he became a chef,…

EPISODE 3 | May 18, 2015

Rick Smith of Sakaya NYC

Rick Smith, owner of Sakaya, joins host Akiko Katayama in studio today for a conversation all about Sake. Rick starts…

EPISODE 2 | May 11, 2015

Fish Ambassador from Ramen Country

Yuji Haraguchi, the chef behind OKONOMI // YUJI Ramen, joins Akiko Katayama for an information-filled episode of Japan Eats. Yuji…

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Brooklyn Kitchen / The Meat Hook

Welcome to Japan Eats! Japan Eats is a weekly radio show from Akiko Katayama, a food writer and a director…

| May 23, 2017

Knife Issues

| May 15, 2017

Know Your Knives

| May 6, 2017

Sharpen Your Japanese Culinary Knowledge

Culinary | March 4, 2017

Where to Dine in Japan

Health & Lifestyle | April 2, 2016

Eat Fish, Live Longer

Culinary | March 31, 2016

How to Order Like a Pro at the Sushi Counter

Commentary | December 21, 2015

Team Sports and Kitchen Cohorts with Wylie Dufresne

Beverage | December 8, 2015

Shochu Me What You’re Made Of

Commentary | October 30, 2015

Ramen: The Rock & Roll of Japanese Food

Commentary | October 24, 2015

Potato Chips and Ice Cream: Why You’re Craving Both

Commentary | October 23, 2015

No Rules, Just Ramen

Commentary | October 21, 2015

“Us” Culture is not U.S. Culture

Culinary | October 7, 2015

Finding Boldness in Sushi Rice

Culinary | September 2, 2015

From Samurai to Chef: A History of Japanese Knives