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Japanese Cuisine

Globe-trotting gastronomy: In search of sushi perfection in Japan

'Should micro-cress not be considerably smaller than this?" I opine, staring down at the arguably macro vegetation crowning my prawn and abalone salad in a swanky Kyoto dining-room. A notionally rhetorical question which nevertheless causes my companions to bust various guts in response. With not an ounce of self-awareness intact, it seems, I've been struck down by a case of über-gastro-poncery – something it will take more than a few of my signature ketchup sandwiches back home to relieve.

48 Hours In: Rio de Janeiro

Brazil's 'marvellous city' is as flamboyant, dramatic and seductive as ever – even in the South American winter.

Roll with it: How to make your own sushi

Sushi may be the ultimate in sophisticated grab-and-go lunches, but making your own nigiri is surprisingly simple. Alice-Azania Jarvis develops her raw talent

DVD: The Ramen Girl (15)

This American-Japanese Brittany Murphy vehicle will almost certainly be of little interest to anyone apart from those either obsessed by Japanese cuisine.