Food Forum


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


Autumn: Obon, Moon-Viewing and Grilled Eel

Our current series looks at the special foods and traditions related to Japan’s seasonal observances, based on the ancient lunar calendar. This third installment focuses on autumn, when ancestral spirits visit during Obon and communities celebrate the full moon and the tradition of eating grilled eel.

Vol. 31
Annual Events and Traditions

Vol. 30
Washoku and Health

Vol. 29
Sake in Japanese Food Culture