I started Foodies simply to share my impressions of food that I encounterd in Japan and other countries.
I hope to inspire people to savour and enjoy the time they spend preparing and eating food. I also hope to reveal the rich diversity and importance of food within the cultures of different countries. I believe that understanding food and culinary culture of different countries is one of the easiest and fastest ways to know and understand the people. Food is one of the most essential things in the human life and the culinary culture of a country embodies the country’s own history, spirit and joy.
I hope you too can discover and enjoy the different tastes of food from other countries and gain an insight into the people and places it's from.


“Sake (Clear Japanese alcoholic beverage) ”

(C) Shoryakuji

Recently, Sake is popular not only in Japan but also oversea.  Sake was born in Nara.
The project between university, company & temple and Nara city was to reconstruct an extinct and forgotten method of making sake and success to reconstruct same sake as of 500years ago.

They tried to find same method and same lactic acid bacterium from the temple on the mountain to reconstruct Sake and it took them 5years.  They took many samples of lactic acid bacterium and checked. And finally, they found it.

This sake is called Bodaimoto.  I am sure this sake will be popular among people overseas because of its fruity taste.

■The temple SHORYAKUJI, the place where Sake was born
The temple Shoryakuji was the big temple in those days, with 2000 priests.  A lot of rice was brought the temple because the temple was a powerful place.  They tried to make delicious sake and did it. As a tourist, you should visit Shoryakuji temple and see the art they have there. It is a quiet and peaceful place.

■Ururu Kaigo Cooking Class
“Delicious “OTSUMAMI” the perfect small dishes to go along with your alcoholic beverage”

Ururu Kaigo, the Calinary Culture Expert, the Tourist Ambassador for NARA city, will provide a cooking class for International Tourists.  In Cooking Class, I will teach you delicious Otsumami, a snack and small dish to make Sake more tasty, for you.
We Japanese drink SAKE with Otsumami, the food eaten as an accompaniment to alcohol.
We have a happy time drinking and eating Otsumami with our family and friends.
Otsumami will make Sake more delicious and make the atmosphere become more lively.

Through this program, you will learn more about Sake and how to enjoy Sake at home with delicious Otsumami.

Otsumami:  KUSHIAGE