“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!

Simmered Pork Spareribs & Shiitake Mushrooms with Soy Sauce

Japanese Food Tips

About Japanese Chopsticks (Hashi)

August 7, 2017



Children's and adult's hashi

Children's and adult's hashi

Saibashi and toribashi

Saibashi and toribashi

People in East Asia have a culture of using chopsticks (hashi) when eating. Many Japanese chopsticks are traditionally made of wood. Because the tree culture is rooted in Japan and there are many wooden houses, it is said that chopsticks are often made from the unused surplus of wood. Most chopsticks are painted with lacquer. Some high-end chopsticks sold at department stores and specialty shops are made through many processes by chopsticks craftsmen. Many people use their own favorite pair of chopsticks when eating at home. Chopsticks for children are short, and, as the children grow, their chopsticks are replaced by longer ones. There are long chopsticks for using when cooking (saibashi) and there are chopsticks for serving dishes (toribashi). Disposable chopsticks (waribashi) are usually provided at restaurants or with bento sold at shops or train stations. Why not buy a pair of chopsticks for yourself? Table manners about chopsticks have been posted on our website.



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.