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Ohagi (Botamochi) おはぎ (ぼたもち)

Made with glutinous rice and red bean paste, these Japanese sweet rice balls are offered to one’s ancestors and eaten during the spring and autumn equinoxes in Japan. They are called botamochi in spring and ohagi in autumn. Growing up in Japan, I remember we had a lot of cultural, seasonal and sometimes religious celebrations […]

New Asian American bakeries find bicultural sweet spot

OAKLAND, Calif. — For some Asian Americans, the dim sum cookie at Sunday Bakeshop here will taste like childhood. It looks like a typical sugar cookie except with sesame seeds on top. But bite into the creamy, red bean center and it’s reminiscent of the fried, filled sesame balls served at a Chinese dim sum […]

ASIAN TEEN DREAM: Raducanu, 18, Fernandez, 19, meet in U.S. Open final

NEW YORK — Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez are so similar in so many ways: They possess enviable quickness and anticipation. They take balls low to the ground and redirect them with ease. They don’t care how much better-known or more successful opponents are. They love the big moment. There’s more. They’re both teenagers. They […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Back to the pantry

Though it now seems like a generation ago, early in the pandemic when supermarket shelves started looking somewhat bare as customers purchased pantry staples like canned beans, flour and most grains (rice) as soon as they were stocked on the shelves, we started purchasing dried legumes as our standby. Legumes contain both protein and fiber […]

Kotome’s sustainable Asian American threads

Last year, when time seemed to slow to a halt and no one was sure how long the uncertainty and fear would last, two friends a world apart set out to make something sustainable and timeless, and they called it Kotome. Marketed as an environmentally conscious luxury clothing brand, Kotome is the brainchild of East […]

Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki 広島風お好み焼き

Have you tried okonomiyaki (お好み焼き) before? It’s a Japanese savory pancake that contains a variety of ingredients. “Okonomi” in Japanese means “as you like it,” so it’s a savory pancake that contains whatever ingredients you like. Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki (広島風お好み焼き) is a type of okonomiyaki that originated in Hiroshima, Japan. Two Styles of Okonomiyaki 1. Osaka-style okonomiyaki […]

A rainbow of refreshment from the Aloha State

Generations after Japanese immigrants introduced kakigori (shave ice) to Hawai‘i’s plantations, shave ice remains a favorite way to keep cool. Whether you are planning for an upcoming vacation or simply dreaming of escaping to the islands, here are a few of the top shave ice spots on O‘ahu, loved by locals and visitors alike. Matsumoto […]

‘Tabemasho! Let’s Eat! A History of Japanese Food in America’

Editor’s Note: This is an edited excerpt from a book Gil Asakawa is writing for Stone Bridge Press for publication in 2022, about the history of Japanese food in America. On June 28, 1963, the number-one song on the American Billboard charts was “Ue O Muite Arukou,” which translates to “I Look Up as I […]

San Mateo’s Suruki stays busy

SAN MATEO, Calif. — In the 1970s, the late Shuji Suruki started selling groceries out of his truck, driving from Sacramento, Calif. to Salinas, Calif. A decade later in 1980, he opened the first Suruki Supermarket in Burlingame, Calif. In 1990, he moved the store to its current location in downtown San Mateo, Calif. “All […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Mastering the Class

Due to the ongoing, unfortunate hate crimes targeting Asian Americans, MasterClass offered grants supporting the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Nichi Bei Weekly Editor-in-Chief Kenji G. Taguma applied for and received a grant supporting the Nichi Bei Foundation, which included an annual complimentary membership for Nichi Bei Foundation staff members. I was one of […]

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