Autumn: Japan's Most Bountiful Season!

September 16, 2019

Autumn is here! We call it Shokuyoku no aki (食欲の秋) means autumn is a season for appetite. Autumn is a harvest season for potatoes and mushrooms, so dishes with those ingredients are cooked often this time of the year. 


There is no certain reason why autumn is for appetite, but we believe it is something to do with fattening up for winter. 

Also, Autumn is a season for Koyo, koyo is the word for the changing of the leaves from green to orange/red. Just like Hanami (Spring leaf viewing festival), Japanese people go out and see Koyo in Autumn, but there are no drinking parties as the temperature is not favourable.

We will give you an autumn chirashi-sushi recipe, and also leave the link for other autumn recipes we have published before!

How to make autumn chirashi-sushi (New recipe!)




  • 180g of cooked rice
  • 100g Lotus root
  • Shimeji or other mushrooms
  • 1 Sweet potato (or few chestnuts)
  • 40g Carrot

  • 1.5 tbsp of tsuyu
  • 1.5tbsp of White dashi
  • Bonito flakes and edamame if you like



Cook the rice as normal, or if you prefer sushi rice, add vinegar to the cooked rice.


  • Cut the lotus root into a half-moon shape, or any shapes you like
  • Put the lotus root and mushroom to the pan, cook them with 200cc of water and 1tbsp of tsuyu for about 20min.
  • Cut the sweet potato (or chestnuts) and carrots and cook them in 200cc water and 1.5tbsp of shite dashi for 15min.
  • Place them on the cooked rice, you can sprinkle some bonito flakes  and edamame beans if you like 

One of the famous Autumn dishes in Japan is Chestnuts rice.  We have this at least once in this season.

Enjoy your Autumn with Japanese food!

Also in Japanese Recipes

Japanese canapé recipes for parties

November 29, 2019 0 Comments

Christmas is in a month now! Fancy trying something new for parties? Here are some Japanese canapé recipes! (You can also check another canapé recipe here)....

View full article →

Salmon, Sweet potato with Yuzu Pepper Creamy Mushroom Sauce

November 01, 2019 0 Comments

As part of our Chefs focus feature we bring you a tasty recipe for Salmon, Sweet potato with Yuzu Pepper Creamy...

View full article →

Chef's Recipe: Lightly Seared Salmon, Edamame & Soba Salad with Orange Ponzu

August 30, 2019 0 Comments

As part of our Chefs focus feature we bring you a tasty recipe for Lightly Seared Sal....

View full article →