About Humble Bean

Thank you for visiting Humble Bean! My name is Azusa and I started this site in 2009 for personal reasons and to provide you with the motivation and technique to make Japanese food at home. I focus on Japanese recipes accessible for the home cook, so you won’t find anything overly complicated or fancy here. I source from Japanese language magazines and books as much as possible, so English-speaking readers have access to recipes otherwise out of their reach.

I define the term “Japanese food” somewhat loosely to allow for the fluctuating nature of food culture. Humble Bean is as much a tool for learning traditional foodways as it is exploring new ideas and tastes. I hope you enjoy!

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Mentions on the Web & Beyond

Brit + Co.
• Furikake Popcorn featured in 12 Creative Recipes Inspired By Movie Theater Staples

Always Sometimes Anytime
• Humble Bean featured in Best Japan Blogs

• Matcha Mochi Cupcakes featured in Green Tea Flavored Desserts

Aroma Magazine
• Wrote an article titled “Nabemono: A Meal For Sharing”

The Kitchn
• Kabocha Shiruko featured in Delicious Links
• Shiso Lemonade featured in Delicious Links

Freshly Diced
• Goma Ozoni featured in Home School Treats
• Recipe Booklet featured in Support

Ireland’s Food & Wine Magazine
Japan Issue

The Food Librarian
• Recipe Booklet featured in Zunda Mochi from Sendai Japan
• Matcha Mochi Cupcakes featured in Matcha Mochi Cupcakes

• Bacon and Shiso Fried Rice named Best Savory Rice Dish Runner Up


  1. Posted February 26, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE that logo.

  2. Posted May 11, 2013 at 12:19 am | Permalink

    Came across your blog today and have been merrily browsing through the archive. What a treasure, so pleased to have found it. Went to Japan for the first time last year and loved it so much we’re returning again this year. And I’m learning Japanese! :-)

  3. Posted May 11, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    Kavey, thanks for stopping by! Hope you find some recipes that interest you so you can have a little bit of Japan at home!

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