Everybody knows that Kobe beef is the most tender and tasty beef in the world. It is widely sought after by restaurants that are concerned with bringing high quality beef to their customers. But what many people don’t know is why Kobe beef is so terrific. Well, it’s all because of the unique landscape of Japan that led to isolated populations of Wagyu cattle.
The Maitake mushroom or "dancing mushroom" as it's known in Japanese, is a fungus which can be found growing at the base of Japanese beech, oak, and chestnut trees.
Interesting fact: It wasn't until the 1970's that cultivation of the Maitake mushroom was perfected.
By planting spores of the Maitake in beds of sawdust or compost, over 40,000 - 50,000 tons of Maitake can be cultivated each year.
With the soaring popularity of Japanese food over the past two decades, the Maitake is now globally known as an elegant Japanese ingredient.
The Tsukiji fish market is the biggest wholesale seafood and fish market in the world. Its full name is The Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market, but you can see how that is a mouthful! Because of its location in Tsukiji in central Tokyo and due to the large volume of foreign visitors, it is more commonly referred to as the Tsukiji fish market by tourists and locals alike.
There are two sections to the Tsukiji fish market, the inner and the outer.