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20 October 2023

Episode 596

36 minutes

We explore the world of Japanese cuisine and its role in boosting the nation’s profile around the globe. Monica Lillis sits down with London-based saké sommelier Erika Haigh and Monocle’s Copenhagen correspondent, Michael Booth, meets Mads Battefeld of Sushi Anaba. Plus: Gregory Scruggs visits Uwajimaya, an authentic Japanese grocery shop in Seattle, and Guy de Launey explores how Japanese tea-making is brewing bilateral relationships in Slovenia.

20 October 2023

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

Erika Haigh

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Monocle’s Monica Lillis sits down with the saké educator and sommelier, who is dedicated to spotlighting the intricacies of Japanese drinking culture.

9 minutes

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Erika Haigh

Chapter 2

9 minutes


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Chapter 2

Sushi Anaba

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Monocle’s Copenhagen correspondent, Michael Booth, meets Mads Battefeld of Sushi Anaba.

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Sushi Anaba

Chapter 3

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Chapter 3

Uwajimaya Grocery Store

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Gregory Scruggs visits, Uwajimaya, an authentic Japanese grocery shop in Seattle.

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Uwajimaya Grocery Store

Chapter 4

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Chapter 4

Tea and diplomacy

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Monocle’s Balkans’ correspondent, Guy de Launey, explores how Japanese tea-making is brewing bilateral relationships in Slovenia.

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Tea and diplomacy

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