Mariko Nakamura

Growing up with a restaurant owner and chef as a father, Mariko was instilled with a love of food and cooking from a young age. She is a nutrition expert and recipe creator who teaches Japanese cooking classes in English from her home in Kamakura. She also runs the catering company Shokuart.

Articles By Mariko

Recipe: Japanese Tofu and Vegetable Chowder

Kencho-jiru is a soup that is a typical example of Japanese home cooking, but in fact it is also a Buddhist "shojin ryori" dish that...

July 6, 2015 | Food & Drink

Recipe: Cucumber Seaweed Marinade

Cucumber is another cooling vegetable that is very cheap and readily available all across Japan. Plus, it consists of 96 percent water, meaning it's perfect...

June 15, 2015 | Food & Drink

Recipe: Nasu Dengaku

Eggplant is in season in the summer here in Japan, and it is said that the vegetable has the ability to lower our body temperature...

June 1, 2015 | Food & Drink

Recipe: Niku Jaga

A quintessential staple of Japanese home cooking, this braised meat and potato dish is both easy to prepare and satisfying. Often called the national dish...

April 20, 2015 | Food & Drink