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…

KFS – The Limited Kentucky Fried Salmon Offer Hits Japan

Kentucky Fried Chicken is a well-loved American fast food company in Japan. So loved that it has even become synonymous with Christmas! There have been episodes of lines wrapping around for blocks just to get some of the secret spice blend that is Kentucky Fried Chicken for the holidays alone. However, in a country known…

Traditional Liquor Shochu: Pride of Japan

Shochu should never be mistaken with sake. It is a Japanese distilled beverage which is stronger than wine and sake. speaklikenative.com/ It has quite a long history with its first existence dating back to 1546. It has its origins in Kyushu but can be found all over Japan these days. Sochi Origin speaklikenative.com/ Shochu means…

Japanese National Foundation Day and the History Behind It

Every country has at least one National Holiday commemorating the day the country was founded or the day the country became glorified etc. Japan has been sovereign and isolated throughout its history. It is believed that the foundation of Japan has taken place some two thousand years ago by its first Emperor named Jimmu. The…

’Tis the Season to be Jolly: What to Expect at Christmas in Japan

All around the world one of the largest and most popular holidays in numerous countries is, of course, Christmas! But what is the festive season like when you are in Japan? taringa.net/ Most of Japan’s population aren’t Christian so unlike countries such as England or the United States, Christmas isn’t a national holiday. Therefore, for…

Calbee Chips: Your Crispy, Tasty Guilty Pleasure

No self-respecting fan of Japanese crisps (potato chips) can claim not to have heard of the Calbee brand. One of the most popular producers of crisps in Japan, Calbee offers a wide selection of flavours to introduce you to Japanese tastes. History commons.wikimedia.org/ Founded in 1949, the company headquarters are based in Tokyo. According to…

5 Great Souvenirs to Wow and Impress When you Come Back from Japan!

Souvenir shopping can be a pain. Everyone wants something from your exotic trip abroad. Worse still, if you live in Japan, people at home always want you to send cool stuff back. The goals are: light for shipping, not readily available abroad, and of course, the WOW factor. 1. Origami Paper roraigami.blogspot.jp/ Origami paper can…

3 Best Japanese Whiskeys Under JPY1,000

Whiskey… Love it or hate it, it is here to stay. Movies, TV shows, magazines, everyone is promoting whiskey these days. Whether you like it on the rocks, with gin, with a water back, or simply in a bottle with a straw (if it has been one of those weeks), you can find these delicious…

5 Japanese Food Souvenirs Perfect for your Friends, Family, and Suitcase

Everyone wants a taste of your trip, don’t they? Something cute. Something exotic. Something JAPANESE! Don’t disappoint. The idea behind these top five are simple – flat, easy to pack and less crushable to avoid disappointment, includes individual wrapping so you can spread the love, and no strong smells or liquids so TSA doesn’t get…

Japanese Fast Food, Not Junk Food

In most countries when you think of fast food you would usually think of foods such as hamburgers, pizzas or fried chicken and while you can of course find all of these in Japan, they are not the only fast food options available on the high street! Japan has lots of its own fast food…
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