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5 Japanese Vegetables You Should Get to Know

Japan has basic veggies like potatoes, carrots, cabbage, tomatoes and others, but there are also plenty of greens that are a staple in Japan. Some of these can be rather rare outside the country or outside of Asia. Learn about some of the vegetables used in traditional Japanese dishes to increase your knowledge of Japanese…

Start Your Day at the 7-Eleven Café and Bakery

There are plenty of coffee shops in Japan: Starbucks, Doctor, Excelsior just to name a few chain stores, and of course, you will also be able to find plenty of local cafes to enjoy a cup of coffee with something sweet. But sometimes you will be in a hurry, and there are also times when…

Choosing a Tea in Japan: 8 Most Popular Types

Different from some other cultures, the question “Would you like some tea?” is not that simple in Japan. Besides western tea, Japan has around five basic teas to offer next to three foreign tastes, without counting various variations and differences in-between the basic teas. Wherever you go, there are plenty of chances to get tea:…

Try These 3 Delicious Japanese Smoothies- Perfect For on the Go!

Eating a balanced meal can be difficult – cooking and preparation, the price of vegetables, and the time constraints all factor in. As well as the clean up! Smoothies are healthy, easy, and delicious. However, they can often be expensive! I used to often wish that I could simply drink my dinner. topvalu.net/ Thankfully, yet…

9 Odd Japanese Breads that Will Make You Drool

It should be noted a priori that Japanese breads are nothing like their western counterparts. The latter is crustier, dryer and has the wheat aroma, while the former is soft, doughy, and sweet. It is white bread that has a standard mold shape, and may be likened to “Wonder Bread” or a “Gardenia Loaf”. This…

Happy 11-11, Pocky Day: Time to Celebrate the World-Famous Snack!

While those from another land may associate November 11th with Veteran’s Day and Remembrance Day, in Japan this holiday is not quite so sombre and serious. battera.co/ Due to the numbers 11/11 looking like four Pocky sticks standing in a line, in Japan November 11th is Pocky Day! It’s a day to celebrate the delicious…

Tips on Where to Eat on a Tight Budget in Japan!

For some travellers, traveling in Japan is quite expensive even when it’s not peak season. Transportation, accommodation and food expenses will be the main concerns everyone has to consider. How to have an unforgettable trip but also having something spare for any subsequent trips? For instance, visiting various attractions, doing lots of shopping and at…

Hodai: A Japanese Term Useful for All Food Lovers, Boozers and Movie Junkies!

I didn’t speak any Japanese when I first came to Japan, but I quickly understood the terms tabehodai and nomihodai. Tabemasu means to eat and nomimasu means to drink, and hodai means all you can. When you put those words together, tabehodai means all you can eat, and nomihodai means all you can drink. Knowing…

Tubes of Flavour- 5 Must-Have Sauces to Spice Up Your Next Meal!

Even the most diligent housewife (or househusband) doesn’t have the time to make EVERYTHING from scratch. Grated ginger? Nasty shredded fingernails. Pureed garlic? Stanky hands for days. ameblo.jp/ Just give the following a quick squeeze, mix mix mix, and voila! Taste galore! Just make sure to refrigerate after opening. 1. Hot Mustard (Karashi) sbfoods.co.jp/ The…

Craving Caviar? Try the More Affordable Japanese Fish Eggs!

Japan is the land of tantalising seafood. Sushi is great, sashimi is delicious, but fish eggs are the real treat. If you can get past the shock and awe of the looks, you will never go back to your non-fish egg eating ways. 1. Kazunoko (Herring Roe) oksfood.com/ A traditional New Year’s food, Kazunoko are…
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