Cheesemaking in Japan is a fairly new practice. Especially compared to Europe where it is a centuries-old tradition. Many Japanese aren't aware of Japan's blooming artisan cheese industry. But this doesn’t mean that cheese doesn’t have a place in modern Japan.
It could be argued that Japanese artisan cheese is one of the many symbols of the country’s advancements. Cheese producers in Japan borrow another country’s tradition, shape it, and make it their own. It is tradition and modernity existing in harmony with excellent Japanese craftsmanship.
Photos: Japanese artisan cheese plate in the Tori gates of a local shrine on a cold morning.