The Japanese Table presents a variety of themes regarding traditional Japanese food culture. In each volume, a specific topic such as history, customs and food groups, is explored from several different angles.
Vol. 31 Annual Events and Traditions by Yoichiro Nakamura
Summer: From Hatsugatsuo to Tanabata
Our current series features special foods and traditions related to seasonal observances of the old lunar calendar. This second installment begins with the early summer season’s first appearance of bonito (hatsugatsuo), and continues to the Tanabata festival on the seventh day of the seventh month.