Tastes and Traditions of Japan

Enjoy a taste of the orient with our authentic Japanese Evenings.  After the success of our previous evening we have decided to do it again for 2019 with some exception themed evenings, which we are calling Tastes and Traditions of Japan.  There's an amazing choice of mouthwatering traditional Japanese dishes, all freshly prepared by our Japanese chef Mizue.


Hetties first held its Japanese nights early last year when Mizue joined the staff. They proved popular from the start.

This year, Mizue has designed a series of menus to allow us to experience annual from the Japanese calendar.

To add to the atmosphere of the occasion the multi-talented Mizue displays calligraphy she has artistically written herself, crafted origami for the restaurant tables and even made her own chopstick covers.

“I want the diners to have a total experience, to enjoy not only the food, but also the ambience that, as much as possible, reflects the atmosphere in a Japanese home during the festivals,” said Mizue.




About Mizue, our Japanese Chef


Mizue is from Yamaguchi, which is about 570 miles south of Tokyo. Cooking is just one of a number of strings to her bow.

She has a BA degree in English and Culture Studies from Kansai Gaidai University where she studied from 1992 to 1998. She took gap years between 1995-97, when she moved to London and then on to Bradford where she took an international foundation course in English and IT.

But before joining the Hetties’ team last year, music, film, cooking, baking, sewing and handicrafts were always her main loves outside of work. She had previously worked for a company implementing sports development programmes and also teaches Japanese privately. Mizue has also been involved with the BBC producing a travel guide book and DVD for Japan.

But it’s the creative string in her bow that she enjoys best. “I cook and bake for children’s parties and school  fundraising events,” she said. “I also make children’s costumes. I love being creative and trying out new things.”

Now, we at Hetties, thanks to Mizue, can enjoy the tastes and traditions of Japan.




More about each forthcoming event


There are four Festivals planned:

Hinamatsuri – Doll Festival,  Saturday 9th March

Hanami – Cherry Blossom Festival, Saturday 13th April

Kodomo no Hi – Children’s Day, Saturday 11th May

Tanabata – Star Festival , Saturday 8th June


3 Courses for £19.95 Children under 14 £10.00

Pre-ordering and Booking required

Table bookings from 6:30pm to 8:00pm


Hinamatsuri – Doll Festival, Saturday 9th March

 Festivals are many in Japan and the family is always at the heart of them. In March it is the girls’ turn to feel the love.

March 3rd is Girls’ Day when Japanese families celebrate Hinamatsuri or the Doll Festival. This is the time when Japan wishes and prays for the future happiness of all girls, an occasion characterised with the display of special Hina Dolls or Hina Ningyo ... and special food.

Mizue, a mother of a 14 year old son and an 11-year-old daughter, will be extending her own Hinamatsuri celebrations from her home in Keighley, to Hettie’s restaurant with an array of Japanese culinary delights, including chirashi sushi, clam soup and sukura mocha (see full menu).


Hanami – Cherry Blossom Festival, Saturday 13th April

The cherry blossom festival or hanami, the welcoming of spring.  This is a long-standing tradition, which celebrates the beauty of nature. People gather under blooming cherry blossoms for food, drink, songs, companionship and, of course, the beauty of sakura (cherry blossoms).


Kodomo no Hi – Children’s Day, Saturday 11th May

May 5th is children’s day or Kodomo no Hi in Japan. It is celebrated with a national holiday when children are honoured for their individual strengths and happiness is wished upon them.

On Kodomo no Hi, Koinobori  or cloth carp streamers, are flown on poles outside public buildings and private houses to bring good fortune to the children inside. Koi carp are believed to be strong, spirited fish and are revered for their determination in fighting as they swim upstream and through powerfull waterfalls.

Koinobori  symbolize the desire for children to be brave and strong individuals. Families display a Kabuto/Samurai helmet.


Tanabata – Star Festival , Saturday 8th June

The Star Festival, or Tanabata, means “evening of the seventh”.  The festival celebrates the meeting of the god and goddess, Orihime and Hikoboshi, who are lovers and represented by the stars Vega and Altair.

According to legend the Milky Way separates the lovers who are then only allowed to meet once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month.

On this day, people celebrate by writing wishes, sometimes in the form of poetry on small pieces of paper or tanzaku, and hanging them on bamboo or a wish tree along with other decorations.

The bamboo and decorations are often set afloat on a river or burned after the festival around midnight or the next day.