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!

  4. Katy
    Posted July 9, 2017 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    WOW! I am hooked! Your blog is incredible. What a fabulous resource. I came across you today too and have been happily distracted from washing,cleaning and work, all whilst salivating. I am also just ordering two of the cook books you mention. Tartine All Day and At Home In The Whole Food Kitchen. Cannot wait to get started! Thank you so much.
    Best from us in beautiful sunny Australia.

  5. Posted July 10, 2017 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    Katy, hello to you in Australia! Those books will not disappoint—-let me know how you like them. Happy cooking!

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