Living Abroad: Local Eating in Japan

Learn about local eating in Japan. Eating locally and seasonally requires creativity and flexibility. But it takes on a whole new meaning when living abroad. This article will give you a new perspective on eating locally, plus unique tips for home energy conservation!



The author discovers local eating in Japan. Hadasu, a Japanese farming and fishing village near their home.
The author discovers local eating in Japan. Hadasu, a Japanese farming and fishing village near their home.
Photo by Winifred Bird
Keita Hanai and Winifred Bird in a house that Keita built.
Keita Hanai and Winifred Bird in a house that Keita built.
Photo by Megumi Hanai
Gardens provide much of the produce for residents of the community.
Gardens provide much of the produce for residents of the community.
Photo by Winifred Bird
Sitting in a kotatsu, a table with a heating unit below.
Sitting in a kotatsu, a table with a heating unit below.
KEITA HANAI
Mujin-hanbai, a produce station run on the honor system.
Mujin-hanbai, a produce station run on the honor system.
Photo by Winifred Bird
Nachi Katsura, a town near the author’s home.
Nachi Katsura, a town near the author’s home.
Photo by Yoji Ota
A typical way of preserving fish is to dehydrate them.
A typical way of preserving fish is to dehydrate them.
Photo by Winifred Bird
Visit the Japanese countryside in November or December, and you will see strings of deep orange persimmons drying under the eaves of farmhouses.
Visit the Japanese countryside in November or December, and you will see strings of deep orange persimmons drying under the eaves of farmhouses.
Photo by Winifred Bird











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