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Food & Beverage

19

Aug

Umami – Why Japan’s Cuisine Will Capture You

by Dominic Carter
CEO, CarterJMRN K.K.

Sour, sweet, salty and bitter – these are what we all learned in school were the four tastes. If you were really paying attention,
you may remember specifically which part of the tongue picks up which taste (although I never quite agreed in real life that I could
only taste sour on the sides of my tongue, or sweet on the front). It was only around 10 years ago, while working on a consumer research
project for a client that creates flavours, that I started to hear about a new taste called umami.

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14

Feb

It Is Not Obsession, It Is Love

Why Japan’s Cuisine Will Capture You

By Dominic Carter

 

The beginning of 2014 marks the end of my fifteenth year in Japan. That’s more than enough time in one place for any self-respecting expat so, on visits back home, despairing friends and relatives will often ask what on earth I’m still doing here.

I just point to my belly.

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21

Jan

Rediscovering Wabisabi

By Dominic Carter

 

One of the first things you hear about when discussing Japanese design and aesthetic values is the idea of “wabisabi’. It is a concept that tends to pervade many aspects of what we think of being unique about classic Japanese design, and is a key part of the culture. However when asking a Japanese what wabisabi actually means you will get a wide range of answers.

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01

Oct

Vegetable-Centric Eateries Show Creativity is Alive and Well

By Debbie Howard

 

Top chefs from around the world predicted that vegetables and “fabulous experimental vegetarian food” would catch a wave in 2012, along with the use of pure and natural ingredients from ethically produced, sustainable farming.

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02

Mar

Amidst the Gloom, Some Rays of Light

By Debbie Howard

 

Everywhere we turn these days, there seems to be some bit of bad news.  But not all companies are suffering, and in fact, there are some interesting “winners” emerging in these challenging times.

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28

Oct

Wine Serves Up Good Model for Product Success

By Debbie Howard

 

Amidst flat to declining total alcohol consumption in Japan, wine consumption has risen more than threefold since 1965, and is now enjoying wider acceptance by Japanese consumers than ever before.

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