The 2020 edition of Washoku World Challenge, the world-leading Japanese cuisine contest organised by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan, is delighted to announce the six finalists of this year’s prestigious annual competition. They are:


Ms. Naumi CARVAJAL UEMURA (Uemura, Spain)

Mr. Man Fong HO (Edo Japanese Restaurant, Macau)

Mr. Alex KIM (Takibi (Snow Peak, Inc.), U.S.A)

Mr. Basanta Bantawa RAI (Katsuya by Starck, U.A.E)

Mr. Chih-Fan TSAI (Shinyeh Japanese Buffet, Taiwan)

Mr. Luis Fernando YSCAVA (Hidden By 2nd Floor, Brazil)


The six finalists have triumphed in a particularly unusual year that saw Washoku World Challenge move online for the very first time, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, bringing record numbers of people to the competition.


Of the 199 applicants, from 41 different countries and regions,

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After Health Board Grilling, Westfield Sushi Restaurant Passes Inspection

WESTFIELD, NJ — A Japanese restaurant called in front of the board of health to answer for repeat health code violations has since passed inspection.

Health Officer Megan Avallone reported that after Nagoya Japanese Restaurant’s board hearing for repeated health inspection failures resulting from improper hand washing and food storage, among other violations, the establishment passed an inspection.

“When we did go back in for our repeat inspection, they were satisfactory,” Avallone told the board of health on Monday. “This is the first time in a year they were able to obtain a satisfactory.”

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The owners’ son, who had translated for them during their hearing in front of the board of health last month, explained to his parents the severity of the violations, Avallone said.

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Keyaki Restaurant in Singapore Transports Guests to Kyoto, Japan

With travelling out of the picture right now, many of us are looking for unique ways to quench our wanderlust. Make your way to Keyaki Garden Pavilion located in Pan Pacific Singapore to get a little slice of Kyoto, Japan – all without having to leave the little red dot. 

The private dining space overlooks a tranquil Japanese garden with a koi pond and a flowing stream to boot. It has a maximum seating capacity of 60. 

Scenery that will transport you to Kyoto

There, you can enjoy a sumptuous repast while revelling in the refreshing scenery. Pay attention to how the garden reflects harmony with nature and get a sense of the palpable serenity. Plus, feast your eyes upon the intertwining koi pond. It is a recurring feature in many gardens in Japan and the presence of it at Keyaki Garden Pavilion certainly adds on to the allure of

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A new Ballarat Central Japanese-inspired restaurant hopes to bring main street to former glory | The Courier

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A new Japanese restaurant in the heart of Ballarat’s CBD hopes to breathe life into a troubled section of the city’s iconic thoroughfare. A planning permit is being sought for a property at 30-32 Sturt Street for Kosaten, a 47-patron restaurant inspired by the classic Japanese sushi train experience where sushi is delivered to tables on a conveyor belt. The lower end of Sturt Street has been bedevilled by long-term vacancies and uncertainty over landmark buildings including the notorious Norwich Plaza. But there may be good news ahead for other key locations like the Unicorn Hotel and this new restaurant opposite. Kosaten puts a twist on the experience. Customers order through a tableside tablet, their meals are cooked fresh and delivered by Japanese-made sushi trains. The formula has proved successful in Hobart and Launceston and owner Kaz Kojima hopes to expand the brand to regional Victoria. PREVIOUS COVERAGE:

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