NOUSAKU – traditional cast techniques applied to contemporary designs


NOUSAKU is a producer of Takaoka Casting. The region of Takaoka has been famous for casting mainly Buddhist alter fittings made of tin and brass since 400 years. NOUSAKU was established in 1916 and is managed by the fourth generation of the Nousaku family. The family and company by itself are already a subject by […]

VEGETABRELLA – the umbrella that looks like a salad head


Japan is well known for it’s fake food culture with most restaurants having replicas of popular dishes in their show window. It therefore is no wonder that the VEGETABRELLA was invested in Japan. The Vegetabrella is an umbrella that looks like the head of a romaine lettuce. It’s name is a combination of the two […]

Top Recipes with Pickled Sakura Cherry Blossoms from Japan

Sakura Cookies

List of Japanese Recipes with pickled Sakura Sakura cherry blossoms are a classic Japanese ingredient, which not only has a very unique flavor but also adds beauty to dishes. This list of recipes with pickled sakura includes Japanese traditional recipes as well as contemporary westernized recipes as well. This sakura tea is slightly salty and […]

Nicolas Soergel – Founder of NIHON ICHIBAN

Nicolas Soergel

Interview with Nicolas Soergel – Founder of NIHON ICHIBAN Interviewed by Sophie Coureau – staff writer at Chinriu Honten Limited What is NIHON ICHIBAN about and why did you start it? Japan is a country with a very rich heritage and abundance of great food, craft and design products.  But knowledge about these original products […]

Hungry? Today’s Menu is… Japanese Fake Food?!

Fake Food Japan

If you’ve visited Japan, one of the first things that captures your attention when going out to eat is the plethora of fake food and drink menu models such as the ones seen in the picture above that are displayed outside of dining establishments in showroom display cases. The presence of these PVC and silicon-based models make […]