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Beautiful Jubako tiered boxes (重箱) for traditional Japanese New Year foods Osechi-ryori(おせち料理)

It’s November! While people around me are thinking about their Christmas foods (I live in New Zealand), I was thinking about Osechi ryori, traditional Japanese New Year foods.

Osechi ryori can’t be Osechi ryori without Jubako(重箱)! I have a three tiered Jubako brought back from Japan about a decade ago, but maybe it’s time to get a new one.

It’s not just for Japanese New Year(Oshogatsu(お正月)), it’s good for special occasions such as home parties, potluck parties, office parties and luxury picnics.

I’ve searched for Jubako on Rakuten Global Market because they ship worldwide from Japan. I’m going to share what I’ve found with you in case you might like to have one for yourself!

Click on the photos to open a Japanese page and the text links to open an auto-translated English page.
Note: Prices are as of 12 Nov 2019. Please check the latest information at the linked product page.

Jubako 180mm x 180mm 3 tiered boxes (Total 3900ml) JPY4,400

For 3-4 people / Made in Japan / Colours: Red or Black

Jubako 19.5cm x 19.5cm 3 tiered boxes Akebono Sakura JPY5,500

For 4-5 people / Made in Japan / Colours: Pink or Purple

Kishu coating Jubako 14.5cm x 14.5cm 3 tiered boxes JPY2,541

Made in Japan / Colours: Outside black and inside vermilion

Jubako 24cm x 24cm 2 tiered boxes with dividers Sakura JPY3,000

Made in Japan / Colour: Black

Jubako 19.7cm x 19.7cm 3 tiered boxes with dividers Maki-e(Lacquer painting) Rabbits JPY4,930

Made in Japan / Colour: Red

Jubako 15cm x 15cm 3 tiered boxes 花丸春秋(Hanamaru spring and summer) JPY5,500

Made in Japan / Colour: Black


Jubako 15cm x 15cm 3 tiered boxes 花丸春秋(Hanamaru spring and summer) JPY5,500

Made in Japan / Colour: Ancient vermilion

Jubako 19.5cm x 19.5cm 3 tiered boxes 玩具(Toy-design) JPY132,000

For 4 or more people / Made in Kyoto, Japan / Colour: Black
*It comes in a wooden box and it’s perfect for a special gift!

More Jubako tiered boxes from Japan

Thank you for reading this post.
If you have any questions about Jubako, Osechi ryori or washoku, feel free to ask us in the comment box below.

What is Eho-maki (Lucky Direction Sushi Roll) and why people eat it in silence on Setsubun (3 February) in Japan?

It’s Setsubun on 3 February each year in Japan.

“Setsubun (節分) is the day before the beginning of spring in Japan.” (From Wikipedia)

Setsubun is known for the special ritual called Mamemaki(bean throwing), but have you ever heard of Eho-maki?

It’s a sushi roll eaten facing that year’s Eho (lucky/good fortune direction) strangely in silence for good luck on Setsubun in Japan.
The Eho changes every year and the Eho for 2019 is east-northeast.

The following video “Lucky Eho Maki (Salmon Avocado Alasca Futomaki Sushi Roll) Recipe 福を呼ぶ恵方巻き レシピ” by ochikeron shows you how to make Eho-maki.
More about Eho-maki, ingredients and how to make directions can be found on the linked Youtube page.

I grew up in Hiroshima, and when I was little, I did Mamemaki (bean throwing and eating :)), but didn’t know about Eho-maki until I moved to Osaka for my university.

I was surprised (a bit shocked) when I first heard of the Eho-maki because a friend told me that her all family members would eat it in the same room, facing the same direction (the year’s Eho), in SILENCE!!!
Can you imagine that???

I think Eho-maki is now widely known regardless of the region in Japan.

Do you want to know how strange it is to eat Ehomaki in silence, and how it became widely known?

Check the following video How to Eat Eho-maki, Japan’s “Lucky Direction” Sushi Roll, and Get Rich! 恵方巻の正しい食べ方(英語版) by Japan Headlines.

I just also want to mention that Eho-maki food waste was on the news last year (2018).

‘Lucky direction’ sushi roll trend makes a wasteful winter’s end (THE ASAHI SHIMBUN on February 20, 2018)

I think it’s good to keep the tradition, but hope the food waste would be minimised this year.
Probably, one of the best solutions is to make your own Eho-maki as you need it!

Comparison of three different price level Sushi restaurants in Japan

Published on 30 Sep 2018

I haven’t been to any of the three sushi restaurants, so very much enjoyed watching this video.

Which restaurant are you most keen to try?

Revolving Sushi Bar Kurasushi
Ikebukuro Sunshine 60 street store
1-29-1, Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo Saint-Tropez Ikebukuro building 6F

Revolving Sushi Bar Kurasushi Homepage
Menu, Location Search for all Kurasushi branches in Japan etc.

Sushi Dokoro Shun Yushimamise (GURUNAVI -Japan Restaurant Guide)
1-13-6 Ueno, Taito, Tokyo
*One of the restaurant review site (not GURUNAVI) says it will be closed for good on 31 October 2018. Please check with the restaurant in advance if you are planning to visit there.

GINZA Kyubey
8-7-6 Ginza, Chuo City, Tokyo

Wagashi – Traditional Japanese Sweets

They are mostly made from rice or beans and sweetened with natural ingredients.
(My father has diabetes, but his Japanese doctor says it okay to eat wagashi, but not Western sweets.)

和菓子(Wagashi) … 和(Wa = Japanese) + 菓子(Gashi/Kashi = confectionery)
和食(Washoku) … 和(Wa = Japanese) + 食(Shoku = meal)

和 also has so many different meanings such as sum, harmony, concord, peace, peacefulness, serenity, calm, calmness and quiet.

Wagashi is not just sweets, different wagashi for each season or traditional occasions… it is so much more than that!

Watch the video and enjoy the art of Washoku, and its beauty.

Sushi Saito, a 3 Michelin Star sushi restaurant in Tokyo

Saito: The Sushi God of Tokyo by Simon and Martina (Video length: 17:04)

I think there is no need for me to explain…
Just enjoy watching how the chef, Takashi Saito, prepares beautiful Sushi, starting early morning from the Tsukiji, the largest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world.
And also how Simon and Martina enjoy eating those beautiful mouth watering Sushi!!!

Yellowtail (鰤 – Buri)
Fatty Tuna (大トロ – Ootoro)
Small Scallops (小柱 – Kobashira)
Pickled Gizzard Shad (コハダ/小鰭 – Kohada)
Marinated Red Tuna (マグロのヅケ – Maguro no Zuke)
Marinated Salmon Roe (イクラ – Ikura)
Pickled Mackerel (鯖棒鮨 – Saba Bou Zushi)
Sea Urchin (ウニ – Uni)
Golden Cuttlefish (墨イカ – Sumi Ika)
Sea Eel (穴子 – Anago)

Throughout the video, you will feel the chef Saito’s passion for Sushi!

Sushi is circling in my head right now. 🙂
The video made me sooooo hungry! I’m sure it will make you hungry, too.

ARK Hills South Tower 1F
1-4-5 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Have you ever wondered about the right way to eat sushi?

How to Eat Sushi: You’ve Been Doing it Wrong by Munchies (Video length: 06:25)

In the above video, the owner chef of the Sushi Bar Yasuda, Naomichi Yasuda, will show you how to eat Sushi in the right way!

Did you know Sushi Rice is as important as (or more important than) the fish?
Did you know that there is Special Soy Sauce for Sushi?
The chef will tell you about Ginger, Wasabi, Nori seaweed etc.
Then he will tell you how to eat rolled sushi and nigiri-zushi.

I knew that we should dip only the fish side of the nigiri-zushi into soy sauce, but even many Japanese do the rice side into soy sauce. I think it’s because it’s a little tricky to do it correctly with chopsticks.

BTW the salmon came from New Zealand, where I live!!!

Now you know how to eat Sushi in the right way, so why don’t you eat Sushi for lunch or dinner today?

Minami-Aoyama426 Building B1
4-2-6 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo

High quality Japanese eggs – people can eat them raw

Watch the above video to find out how the high quality Japanese eggs are produced.

Why do Japanese eat raw eggs?
Japanese eggs are safe to eat raw and it is quite common for people to eat raw eggs.
“Tamago Kake Gohan” (raw egg on rice) is a popular Japanese breakfast menu and people eat Sukiyaki dipped in raw egg. (It may sound odd or yuck to some, but they are quite nice! Try them in Japan when you have a chance.)

What is Umami? One of the key factors in Washoku

Have you heard of the word, Umami?

Umami (/uˈmɑːmi/), or savory taste, is one of the five basic tastes (together with sweetness, sourness, bitterness, and saltiness). — Umami (From Wikipedia)

It’s a Japanese loanword, but the taste is universal.

Have you ever found it hard to describe the subtle taste of Dashi stock(Japanese Dashi broth)?
It’s Umami.

Not sweet, not sour, not bitter, not salty, but tasty!!!

Washoku at Narita International Airport

Visiting Japan through Narita International Airport?
If so, try some Washoku, Japanese cuisine at the airport.

About a month ago (17 November 2016), Narita Airport opened NARITA Dining Terrace, which is a new area on the 4th floor of the Central Building in Terminal 1 including six authentic Japanese restaurants.
Those restaurants are the ones you can find in the central city of Tokyo, but now you can taste their quality authentic Japanese cuisine while at the airport.

New 6 Japanese Restaurants “NARITA Dining Terrace” Open ! (Narita International Airport Official Website)


Not only the above six Japanese restaurants, but also there are other restaurants at the Narita Airport, where you can try some Japanese food.
Here is a list of them for you:

Terminal 1, Central Bldg, 5th Floor

Homemade Udon Noodles KINEYAMUGIMARU
Udon noodle, tempura, onigiri
* This restaurant’s kitchen is halal certified.

Kaitenzushi (Conveyor belt sushi)

Fried pork cutlet, curry dishes

Terminal 1, Central Bldg, 4th Floor

Japanese-style family restaurant specializing in set menus (fish and meat dishes, tempura, sashimi and udon noodles)

Soba noodles

Yakiniku syokudou Yanma
Grilled meat dishes

Tonkatsu shinjuku saboten
Deep-fried pork cutlets

Japanese Ramen Tomita
Ramen noodles

A new brand of Kyoto’s established rice connoisseurs, Hachidaime Gihey

Tsukiji – Sushiiwa

Wazen(Japanese-style set meals), donburi, udon and soba noodles


Dashichazuke EN
Dishes with the rich taste of the highest quality dashi stock

Terminal 1, Central Bldg, 3rd Floor

My Favorite Japanese Foods TATSU
All-time favorites from Japanese household menus (Udon noodles, hamburger steak, curry, Sukiyaki, Ochazuke, Tempura rice bowl, fried noodles, Japanese stew etc.)

Terminal 1, No.3 Satellite, 3rd Floor

Sushi Kyotatsu
*After passport control.


Terminal 2, Main Building, 4th Floor

* This restaurant’s kitchen is halal certified.

Soba noodles

obon de gohan
A cafe serving healthy, well-balanced meals (Set meals with generous servings of vegetables, meat and fish dishes, Dashichazuke(rice served with dashi soup), Udon noodles)

Pork cutlet dishes (Some chicken cutlet dishes as well)


Sushi Misakimaru
Edo style sushi and set menus

Udon wheat noodles and soba buckwheat noodles

Takeaway sushi

Sushi-go-round GANSOZUSHI
Kaitenzushi(Conveyor belt sushi)

A spacious cafeteria with over 200 seats (Japanese food to Western and Chinese cuisine)

Takoyaki(Octopus Balls – wheat flour-based cooked batter balls containing pieces of octopus.)

Terminal 2, Main Building, 2nd Floor

Beef on rice donburi

Terminal 2, Satellite, 3rd Floor

Beef on rice donburi
*After passport control.

Japanese dishes with Miso
*After passport control.


Restaurants & Shops at Terminal 3

Terminal 3, 2nd Floor

Miyatake Sanuki Udon
Udon and soba noodles

Nagasaki Champon Ringer Hut
Champon noodles



Hope the above list is helpful!

Are you serious? Strawberry shortcake instant yakisoba noodles

Myojo Yakisoba Ippei-chan Shortcake
Photo: Myojo Foods

It’s less than a month before Christmas, and you may be thinking of a Christmas cake.
Here in New Zealand, where I live, it’s common to have a rich fruit cake for Christmas.
(By the way, I thought ‘Christmas mince pie’ was made from beef mince until the very moment I had it the first time. :-))

Unlike in New Zealand, it’s quite common in Japan to have a strawberry shortcake for Christmas.
But not Strawberry shortcake instant Yakisoba noodles!!!

Strawberry shortcake instant Yakisoba noodles are set to cause a stir this Christmas (RocketNews24)

It’s available nationwide in Japan from 5 December 2016.
It comes with vanilla flavoured mayo…

This is not the first time!
Myojo released Yakisoba noodle with chocolate sauce earlier this year.
We try new yakisoba noodles with chocolate sauce (Spoiler: it’s awful) (RocketNews24)

Hmm… Strawberry shortcake Yakisoba noodle or Chocolate Yakisoba noodle…
Which would you like to try?