Japanese Tradition and Californian Style Combine at Nobu Ryokan Malibu

This tranquil oasis feels a world away, but it's just over an hour's drive from LA

For anyone who has been looking forward to returning to Japan or dreaming of embarking on their first adventure there, the wait may feel endless. In California, however, the influence of Japanese culture can be found throughout: from Umamimart in Oakland to SF76 in San Francisco and Ototo in LA’s Echo Park—to name just a few. Since 2017, Nobu Ryokan Malibu (opened by chef Nobuyuki …

Wasabi Gift Box

The green paste presented alongside raw fish at many Japanese restaurants is actually oftentimes horseradish with food coloring. Real wasabi has a more refined, distinctive flavor and is a difficult plant to grow. Historically it comes exclusively from Japan, but now Jurt Hydroponics in Reykjavík has figured out how to grow wasabi sustainably in Icelandic greenhouses—and it’s delicious. Nordic Wasabi, as they call it, is …

Tsukemono Japanese Pickling Seeds Set

Tsukemono are preserved vegetables produced through a traditional Japanese process of pickling that inspires balance and connection to each meal. While these vegetables often appear on a small plate as a side to a main course, tsukemono are not an afterthought. Across all varieties, they pack a bounty of spicy, sweet or sour flavors that add depth to every dish. Sold by KonMari, this set …