“J-Simple Recipes” is the abbreviation for “Japanese Simple Recipes.”
We explain Japanese recipes you can easily cook, as well as typical meals, foodstuffs & table manners.

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You can cook Japanese food easily at home!

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Yonezawa Gyu (Yonezawa Beef)

February 19, 2018

Yonezawa gyu for sukiyaki

Yonezawa gyu for sukiyaki

Yonezawa gyu for yakiniku

Yonezawa gyu for yakiniku

Eating Yonezawa gyu sukiyaki

Eating Yonezawa gyu sukiyaki

Previously, I introduced the topic of Matsusaka gyu (Matsusaka beef), which is the most famous wagyu (Japanese beef). In addition, Yonezawa beef, Kobe beef and Omi beef are also regarded as the highest of Japan's luxury wagyu beef. Yonezawa cattle are fattened around Yonezawa City, Yamagata prefecture, which is located in the Tohoku region, the northernmost part of Japan’s main island. The Yonezawa beef is a brand name that is allowed only when a certain criterion is reached. The characteristic of Yonezawa gyu is fine marbling and good fat quality. Yonezawa City has a climate with a wide temperature difference between day and night. According to one local farmer, the wider the temperature difference, the better the meat, vegetables and fruits seem to taste. Sukiyaki, shabu-shabu, yakiniku (Japanese-style Korean barbeque) and steak are delicious when Yonezawa gyu is used. Yonezawa gyu melts in the mouth, leaving no greasiness, and the taste of the meat is excellent. If you want to eat Yonezawa gyu while in Japan, in addition to Yonezawa City, you will most likely find it in Tokyo where there are many restaurants, meat shops which serve Yonezawa gyu dishes, and Tokyo area train stations where ekiben (lunch boxed) are sold.



J-Simple Recipes

What kind of impression do you have when you say Japanese food?
You may imagine healthy, colorful, beautiful, high quality, traditional, etc. Can you imagine cooking Japanese food at home? Most people may think that it is difficult.
However, we think otherwise. Therefore, here at J-Simple Recipes (Japanese Simple Recipes) we have prepared recipes for traditional Japanese dishes and international dishes with a Japanese twist which can easily be made at home. It may be difficult to obtain all Japanese foodstuffs and seasonings, so we have included substitutions you can make. If you cannot get any Japanese foodstuffs or seasonings at the shops in your neighborhood, you can purchase them at numerous sites on the Internet.
At J-Simple Recipes, we have three keywords: “Simple,” “Healthy” and “Delicious.”


We want you to continue to cook Japanese food for a long time, so we have made the recipes simple.


Because the Japanese cuisine has many low-calorie foods, you can have a healthy meal naturally and may not gain weight even if you eat a little too much.


You may think that healthy and easy- to-cook food is not delicious, but that is not so with J-Simple Recipes.

J-Simple Recipes includes some international dishes with a Japanese twist, too. For example, even if you are just frying meat or vegetables, you can add soy sauce as the final seasoning in order to give any international dish a Japanese twist. So you can easily begin to like Japanese food.
Everyone has their own eating traditions, but if you add just a few Japanese recipes, your cooking experience will expand. So please enjoy cooking Japanese food.
At J-Simple Recipes, we have six categories:

Japanese/Int'l. Recipes

Japanese food and international dishes with a Japanese twist. It is the main part of this site.

Traditional Recipes

Japanese recipes for rice dishes and miso soup.


An introduction to foodstuffs used in Japanese cooking.

Typical Meals

An introduction to the typical breakfast, lunch and dinner of the Japanese people.

Table Manners

This section on table manners is designed to help you in eating Japanese dishes.

J-Food Plaza

This section includes Mago wa Yasashii, Japanese Food Lovers' Comments, Word Tidbits and Japanese Food Tips.

  • Mago wa Yasashii
    • Japanese recipes that are particularly healthy.
  • Japanese Food Lovers' Comments
    • In this section, you can read comments from our website users about Japanese food.
  • Word Tidbits
    • Here, by clicking on the “more” button or photo, you can find the Kana and Kanji for each recipe listed on our site, and also hear audio of the Japanese name for each recipe.
  • Japanese Food Tips
    • In this section, we introduce interesting and possibly little known facts about Japanese food.