Colorful Japanese Pickles

TSUKEMONO jp.fotolia.com/ Japanese people usually call these pickles as “Tsukemono”. They used so many kinds of vegetables and fruits (such as radish, cucumber, ginger, plum, and etc.) to be pickled in salt, brine, or a bed of rice bran. Sometimes, they also used seaweed to pickle mixtures for flavor and variety. These pickles are served…

Demons out, Luck in! or Japanese Setsubun

SETSUBUN setubun2015.blog.so-net.ne.jp/ Yhere is a day before the beginning of spring, which is known as “Setsubun” in Japan. The word “Setsubun” consists of two words, “Setsu”, which means season and “bun”, which means division. “Setsubun” means seasonal division. Unfortunately, this day is not a national holiday in Japan. MAMEMAKI 1.bp.blogspot.com/ “Setsubun” is celebrated annually on…

Pocky, the world famous Japanese snack

“Pocky” is the chocolate biscuit sticks that are very popular in japan. It is a Japanese snack produced by Ezaki Glico and has been selling since 1966. The regular pocky is a biscuit stick (The biscuit sticks made of wheat flour with some ingredients) dipped in chocolate, but today pocky has many variations such as…

Mochinage, Japanese cake-throwing tradition

Mochinage (餅投げ, also called Mochimaki, 餅撒き in Japanese) is a Japanese traditional event in which one throws Mochi (rice cake, 餅 in Japanese) for those who got together on religious occasions (Shintoism), such as the ceremony of putting up the ridge beam of a new house. (Muneage 棟上げ, or Jotoshiki 上棟式 in Japanese). This tradition,…

Ever Heard of 31 Ice Cream, Japan’s Version of Baskin Robbins?

In Japan, if you asked someone where you could find Baskin Robbins ice cream, most people would look confused, and the others may say “Oh, do you mean 31?” In Japan, we don’t call the ever popular ice cream store Baskin Robbins, we call it 31. That, obviously comes from the fact that each Baskin…

Popular “Western” Dishes with a Japanese Twist

star-kyoto.co.jp/ We all know that Japanese food is delicious. Sushi is popular worldwide, and you may know about some of the more famous traditional delicacies, such as miso soup, tempura, and soba noodles. But perhaps you may be less familiar with some of the popular Japanese dishes that have a Western influence. Western-Japanese dishes, or…

Kushikatsu: Japanese Kebab?

twitter.com/ What is this food with a funny name? One of the best foods Japan offers. Simply put kushi-katsu is fried meat on a stick. Well, that is a over-generalization. Meat, vegetables, fish, and many other things are skewered on a stick, breaded and deep fried. You dip the concoction in a sauce and enjoy.…

Yakitori and Binchotan – ebony and ivory ?

Cuisine is a big attraction for any visitor journeying to Japan. There isn’t much that I don’t eat but there aren’t many foods that I can eat all the time. The one exception is Yakitori. Various chicken cuts skewered on bamboo sticks that are grilled to perfection. Paired with a chilled “nama” (draft) beer and…

6 Japanese seasonal summer dishes you have to try!

Summer is almost here. The air is getting warmer day by day! People start to eat ice cream and the leaves start turning green. Yes, summer will come at the soonest! But do you know that there are foods in Japan known as a summer cuisine? In Japan, normally, seasons affect the served food, from…

Shopping in Japan FAQ

Is there a chance to negotiate the price? Unfortunately in my experience here, people don’t have the custom of negotiating the prices for shoppers. Although there are also some cases where price negotiating is acceptable, but discount is not promised, example: at special areas like antique markets, big electronic items like tv, refrigerator and other…
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