I'm currently traveling in Japan, and since I've subjected youÂ dear people to seven Armchair Field Trips in the last two weeks, I think instead I'll let you see for yourselves what I've been seeing, via pictures (mine) and links (from elsewhere). First up: the wasabi fields of the Izu peninsula, about three hours south of Tokyo.
* Loads of good wasabi trivia hereÂ (caveat emptor: as you'll already know from our magazine, "many, if not most, of the brands of wasabi powder and wasabi paste are actually fakes and consist mainly of colored horseradish")
* The history of wasabi farming
* The story of an Izu wasabi farmer, fromÂ a popular Japanese English-language magazine
* An essay onÂ wasabi cultivation, written by an American journalistÂ
* Wasabi's relationship to sushi
* And, apropos of very little, a favorite wasabi-flavoredÂ song of mine, by the Japanese-American pop group Cibo MattoÂ