The contemporary Japanese diet is a fusion of two cultures. A beautiful food culture that has been cultivated for over 1000 years with a fine and particular sensitivity, and a creative food culture that has always found a way to incorporate foreign foods. Our archive introduces the beauty of such Japanese food culture from a variety of perspectives.
Bento is a portable meal packed with great detail given to presentation. It is a representation of the care and passion of those who make it. Bento has become popular, not only in Japan, but also overseas. Bento Library introduces the beauty of Bento, one of the highlights of Japanese food culture.
Japan is a country rich in natural resources symbolized by fresh ears of rice hanging low under the weight of their golden grains. Furthermore, Japan receives abundant seasonal bounties from the mountains and seas throughout the year.
The powerful combination of diverse, fresh ingredients and Kokoro (sensitivity) is the key to the development of Japanese food culture. "Plenus 'Kokoro' Academy" was established to comprehensively research the beauty of Japanese food culture. Understanding food as a comprehensive product of culture, "Plenus 'Kokoro' Academy" will continue to build upon the foundations of Japanese food culture throughout the world.
Japanese food culture has established a certain presence in the global culinary scene for its unique approach. Incorporating Chinese food culture in ancient times, Japanese people have honed their own beautiful culture for over a millennium by treating the natural bounty of all four seasons with particular sensibilities. In the Meiji period, "western" influence was introduced to the distinctive culture that formed during Japan's period of national isolation. "Plenus 'Kokoro' Academy" has its roots in a western food restaurant called "Yayoiken", which opened during a historical turning point of Japan's modernization; a time of significant transition in Japanese food culture.