7 of the most famous Japanese dishes

The Japanese cuisine is renowned for its emphasis on flavours, presentation finesse and combining various ingredients to create new dishes. Living in Japan, it is necessary that all of us know the culinary heritage of the country and the amazing foods it offers. Here is the list of some basic food items/dishes/ingredients that everyone living…

Not Only Sakura: Spring Blossoms in Japan

Author’s photo Sakura is the most famous seasonal flower in Japan. It is the symbol of spring. People from all over Japan look forward to this season, when they can unfold their picnic mats and gather over a neatly-packed bento with cans of beer while viewing the pretty cherry blossoms. It is the most awaited…

Japan and the Red Bean Paste

Some of you who have already visited Japan or live in Japan may wonder why there are a so many foods (mainly sweets) filled with red beans. The presence of red bean paste or Anko in Japanese food is very common and as popular as Nori(seaweed). Anko has been one of the characteristics of Japanese…

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.…
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