Thanks for thinking about contributing to Japan Eats.
Woried that you might not have the right stuff? Well, ask yourself a couple of questions:
1. Do you like to eat and/or drink and/or go to restaurants or bars?
2. Can you string a sentence together?
We thought so.
First, why we want you.
We are a growing, but small group of people dedicated to spreading the word about the places we’ve been, the meals we’ve eaten, and the drinks we’ve drunk – the sublime as well as the good, bad, and ugly. We are only human, though, so we need help.
Chances are, you go to different bars or restaurants than we do. Great! Tell us and everyone else what you think of them.
Chances are, you had something different from us for dinner last night. Smashing! How was it? If you ate out, where’d you go? If you cooked yourself, just as good. How’d you make it? Any advice for other people trying to make it at home?
Chances are, you’ve had a drink you liked. Excellent! What was it? Should we try it for ourselves?
Whatever your interests or level of expertise, you have something to offer the Japan Eats community. Whether you’re retired from reviewing for Michelin and brewing fantastic IPAs at home or just starting to cook at home and get dizzy looking at a wine list, you eat, you drink, you go out, and you have information and opinions that will be of interest to other people with an interest in the edible and potable.
The more the merrier. As the community grows, the ability of Japan Eats to answer questions and help you find others with similar interests grows. It’s that simple.
What we need from you.
It’s simple, really.
Write your reviews in English. After that, you’re welcome to use whatever language you like elsewhere on the site.
Keep it relevant and helpful. If you’re writing a review of the Indian place around the corner from your office, make sure you write about the Indian place around the corner from your office. We’re sure your thoughts on your trip to India are fascinating, but more than a passing mention of it is getting off-track. Likewise, you’re welcome to review a place, dish, or drink negatively, but an angry rant is not a helpful review.
Include key information. Where exactly is the bar or restaurant? Have an address, URL, or phone number? What did you order and how much did it cost? What was the price range on the menu? What was the atmosphere like? How was the service? What makes the place different from or the same as other places?
What exactly are the ingredients to your dish or cocktail? How can someone make it, step by step? What should they be careful of?
Keep it brief. Give us a couple of paragraphs. If you have enough to say to write a book on the subject, we’ll probably want to read it, but a food and drink review is probably not the optimum publishing outlet.
Have any photos of the place or dish you’re writing about? They’re not required, but they’ll help your reviews look sharper and help people get an idea of what you’re writing about.
Use your real name, if at all possible. This not only lends a bit of credibility to your reviews, it gives others a chance to get to know you, at least insofar as your reviews go. We’re not looking for ID (Herbert Walker Bush can just call himself “George Bush” if he wants), but “Best-Ramen-In-Japan.com” is not a credible byline.
We’re happy to help promote your site by mentioning it and linking to it in your profile, which will appear on your reviews. It’s OK if your own site isn’t necessarily food or Japan-centered; foodies like all kinds of stuff.
(We do reserve the right to exercise a bit of judgment there. If you’re running a link farm or a site full of of voyeuristic snaps of girls in supermarkets, we don’t want to promote it any more than we want to read it.)
Finally, when in doubt, go for the original.
The mom-and-pop shop around the corner or the Yoshinoya next to it? Go for the lesser-known place and add to the body of knowledge. Likewise, before writing a review, it’s a good idea to do a quick search and see if anyone else has written about it and, if so, what they said. You’re allowed to re-review a restaurant, bar, recipe, drink, etc., but sometimes a comment on an existing review is a better way to go.
If you have any questions, please let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ready to get writing? E-mail your first review to email@example.com – we’ll get back to you ASAP.
Thanks! We’re looking forward to hearing from you.