Skip to main content
Spotify for Podcasters
Japanese Food

Japanese Food

By Bento&co

Interviews with chefs, food writers, creatives and other international experts on Japanese food culture. You’ll get to hear fascinating stories from these creators, tips to level up your Japanese cooking, insights into bento culture, and more!  Sponsored by Bento&co, your go-to shop for eating healthier, reducing your environmental impact and saving money with authentic Japanese bento boxes and accessories. en.bentoandco.com
Available on
Amazon Music Logo
Apple Podcasts Logo
Castbox Logo
Google Podcasts Logo
Overcast Logo
Pocket Casts Logo
Spotify Logo
Currently playing episode

Episode 4: Elizabeth Andoh

Japanese FoodDec 02, 2022

00:00
55:02
Episode 10: Chris Mahmood
Nov 27, 202336:36
Episode 9: Randy Channell Soei

Episode 9: Randy Channell Soei

We're back! In this episode, we had the privilege of sitting down for a fascinating conversation with our Kyoto neighbor, Randy Channell Soei.

Randy Channell Soei, a Canadian tea master of the Urasenke tradition is an author and long term resident of Kyoto. He has a deep passion for his art, chanoyu (the way of tea), and is one of the few foreigners licensed to teach this traditional Japanese culture. Soei sensei operates ran Hotei, a cafe in Kyoto's Sanjo shopping arcade, set in a beautifully renovated machiya. Here he has regular tea lessons as well as hosts tea ceremony experiences for people visiting Kyoto.

Brought to you by Bento&co, your go-to shop for eating healthier, reducing your environmental impact and saving money with authentic Japanese bento boxes and accessories. Shop online at en.bentoandco.com and take 10% off your first purchase with code PODCAST.

Oct 19, 202338:27
Episode 8: Yuji Haraguchi

Episode 8: Yuji Haraguchi

We’re excited to share episode 8 of our podcast with you, featuring Yuji Haraguchi, a chef passionate about fish. Yuji is the founder and owner of OKONOMI Yuji ramen, Osakana Brooklyn, and Osakana East Village in New York City. We chatted about Yuji’s favorite fish (Medai—Japanese Sea Bream), why he wanted to introduce Mazemen to America, the Japanese philosophy of "Mottainai" that guides his work, and much more!

Learn more about Yuji on his website. Visiting Kyoto? Be sure to check out another of Yuji's restaurants, Lorimer Kyoto

Fish Bone Revolution - Broth made from upcycled fish bones


Brought to you by Bento&co, your go-to shop for eating  healthier, reducing your environmental impact and saving money with  authentic Japanese bento boxes and accessories. Shop online at en.bentoandco.com and take 10% off your first purchase with code PODCAST.

Jun 29, 202336:01
Episode 7: Jeweliann & Thomas
Apr 11, 202344:48
Episode 6: Yukari Sakamoto

Episode 6: Yukari Sakamoto

We’re back with another podcast episode, this time with sommelier, shochu advisor and food tour guide, Yukari Sakamoto.
Born in Tokyo and raised in Minnesota, Yukari Sakamoto is the author of
Food Sake Tokyo, a fantastic English-language guide devoted specifically to eating and drinking in Tokyo.

We talk about Sho-chu, Shokado bento, Yukari’s experience working as a sommelier at Takashimaya department store +  Park Hyatt Tokyo, and much more!

Brought to you by Bento&co, your go-to shop for eating  healthier, reducing your environmental impact and saving money with  authentic Japanese bento boxes and accessories. Shop online at en.bentoandco.com and take 10% off your first purchase with code PODCAST.

Feb 03, 202343:37
Episode 5: Tim Anderson

Episode 5: Tim Anderson

We were so happy to speak with the UK-based, American chef and cookbook author Tim Anderson. After relocating to London from Japan, Tim won BBC’s MasterChef in 2011 and went on to open the Japanese ‘ramen izakaya’ restaurant Nanban. Tim is the author of 6 cookbooks on Japanese food, most recently “JapanEasy Bowls & Bento: Simple and Satisfying Japanese Recipes for All Day, Every Day”

We talk about Tim’s favorite conbini, the TV show Iron Chef, Eki-ben, Ainu cuisine and much more!

Brought to you by Bento&co, your go-to shop for eating healthier, reducing your environmental impact and saving money with authentic Japanese bento boxes and accessories. Shop online at en.bentoandco.com and take 10% off your first purchase with code PODCAST.

Dec 23, 202248:49
Episode 4: Elizabeth Andoh
Dec 02, 202255:02
Episode 3: Momoko Nakamura
Nov 04, 202245:20
Episode 2: Marc Matsumoto

Episode 2: Marc Matsumoto

We loved getting to chat with Marc Matsumoto—culinary consultant, chef and host of the NHK show, Bento Expo.
Even in our brief conversation, Marc shared so many fascinating tidbits of food science and food history, reflecting his insatiable desire to understand food from every angle. 

Hear why his food blog is named "No Recipes", his passion for educating people about cooking techniques, the story of potatoes and how bento is good for our physical and mental health!

No Recipes Blog
No Recipes Youtube Channel

We're honored to partner with Marc to offer a curated selection of Japanese cooking tools! Selected by Marc, these are tried-and-true tools he uses in his own kitchen. Discover here.

Brought to you by Bento&co, your go-to shop for eating healthier, reducing your environmental impact and saving money with authentic Japanese bento boxes and accessories. Shop online at en.bentoandco.com and take 10% off your first purchase with code PODCAST.

Oct 20, 202244:19
Episode 1: Makiko Itoh

Episode 1: Makiko Itoh

We’re kicking off the podcast with a conversation with Makiko Itoh, who's been writing online about Japanese food for over 15 years and writes the Japanese Kitchen column for the Japan Times. If you enjoy making bento or eating Japanese food, you're probably familiar with her wonderful blogs and best selling  “Just Bento” cookbooks. If not, you're missing out! 

Hear how Makiko decided to share her love of Japanese food online after experiencing burnout as a web developer and how her blog about bento inspired Thomas to start selling bento boxes online. We talk about sushi, Spaghetti Napolitan, the Japanese pear fairy Funassyi and much more.

Read the transcript here. 

Makiko's Blogs and Writing:
JustHungry.com
JustBento.com
Makiko Itoh on Japanese Culture Facebook Page
Japan Times "Japanese Kitchen" column
Recipe: Spaghetti Napolitan

Brought to you by Bento&co, your go-to shop for eating healthier, reducing your environmental impact and saving money with authentic Japanese bento boxes and accessories. Shop online at en.bentoandco.com and take 10% off your first purchase with code PODCAST.

Oct 13, 202230:18