Japanology Plus – Onigiri: Rice Balls

This category draws from: Japanology, Boris Popov, Boris Blackra, Travis Wall. and tehaki, With 10 billion eaten every year, onigiri (rice balls) are one of Japan’s most popular foods. They combine rice, salt, nori seaweed, and a filling to create a simple meal, perfect for eating on the go. This time on Japanology Plus, our…

Trails to Tsukiji – SEA URCHIN

This category draws from: Japanology, Boris Popov, Boris Blackra, Travis Wall. and tehaki, The sea urchin: a thorny, mysterious sea creature whose umami-packed meat is loved in Japan, and is used in food ranging from sushi to traditional cuisine to even desserts. We visit the beautiful coast of Iwate Prefecture in Tohoku, northern Japan, to…

Japanology Plus – Aquariums

This category draws from: Japanology, Boris Popov, Boris Blackra, Travis Wall. and tehaki, About 20% of all the world’s aquariums are found in Japan. Many feature unique specialties, from jellyfish to frozen river scenery. Others borrow techniques from Japanese garden design. This time on Japanology Plus, our theme is aquariums. Our main guest is Hajime…

Japanology Plus – School Satchels

This category draws from: Japanology, Boris Popov, Boris Blackra, Travis Wall. and tehaki, Almost every primary school student in Japan uses the same type of school bag. These distinctive, blocky satchels are spacious, durable, and packed with clever features. This time on Japanology Plus, our theme is school satchels. We explore their history, production, and…

Trails to Tsukiji – NIBOSHI

This category draws from: Japanology, Boris Popov, Boris Blackra, Travis Wall. and tehaki, Niboshi is the silvery dried small fish used to make dashi in Japanese cuisine. A traditional ingredient of this island nation, they are like crystals of ancient wisdom cultivated by the Japanese dashi culture. In this episode, we chase the allure of…

Japanology Plus – School Sports Days

This category draws from: Japanology, Boris Popov, Boris Blackra, Travis Wall. and tehaki, Every year, children in schools all across Japan take part in a sports day. It’s one of the most important dates on the calendar, not just for the students, but for their parents too. This time on Japanology Plus, our theme is…