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Japan: A Tale of Two Teas

High above Tokyo station, I watch, as two ladies from the illustrious Fukujuen Tea House, make tea. One is elegantly dressed in a Fukujuen kimono, while the other dons the black and white style of the West. The teas are wonderfully fresh, the makers clearly love their work, and their attention to detail brings home…
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4 Classic Foods You Will Learn to Love Living in Japan

When you move to a new place (particularly one so far from home) there are lots of things you will need to get used to. Some things will be easy to adapt to, and others will take more time. One thing that ex-pats frequently have to get used to are new food types and changes…

Japanese Sake – Our Recommendations

Recently, Japanese sake has been getting more attention around the world. Japan has more than 1,400 sake breweries, the number of brands said to be more than 10,000. The type of rice, the quantity of the polished rice, the difference of yeast starters for the alcohol fermentation, alcohol usage, how often it is heated, how…

3 Yummiest Japanese Strawberry Types – From Albinos to Giants

Japan produces many premium variants of strawberries such as the white strawberries, Aiberry and Skyberry. As of March 2015, there are now about 253 luxury variants of strawberries in Japan! 1. Hatsukoi no Kaori View this post on Instagram White strawberry♡ I will have this every spring in Japan but this year I don't get…

The 5 Main Types of Japanese Ramen

Japan is known for its great cuisine, and ramen, alongside perhaps sushi and tempura, is probably one of the first types of food you think of if someone mentions Japanese dishes. Ramen, which typically consists of noodles served in hot broth with toppings, is extremely popular in Japan. Originally hailing from China, this versatile dish…
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3 Culinary Delights to Try in the Old Capital Kyoto

Kyoto is a historical city with a rich history, surrounded by vast gardens and nature. It is one of the most well-preserved cities in Japan, and it is also known for its abundance of delicious Japanese cuisine. As a city away from the sea, Kyoto contains a variety of culinary delights peculiar to the place.…

Try These 6 Delicious Traditional Wagashi Sweets!

Wagashi is traditional Japanese sweets that are usually served with green tea. They have a wide variety of shapes, ingredients, consistencies, and preparation methods. Some are so popular that they’re served all year ’round across Japan while others are only served regionally or seasonally. Where can I buy them? These delicious Japanese sweets are usually…

Konnyaku: A Healthy, Low-Calorie Treat

The konnyaku (konjac) plant is also known as the Devil’s Tongue plant. Konnyaku is made from the core of this plant. Even though it is barely eaten in the West, it has been eaten for about 1500 years in Japan. Not too surprising, as it is proven to be beneficial to your health and although…

Japanese Sake: Best Drinks to Keep You Warm this Winter!

Humidity in Japan is pretty high so sometimes it feels colder than dry air, the reason being that high humidity in lower temperatures increases the conduction of heat from the body so Japan`s winter can be quite rough in some areas. The last thing you feel like doing after freezing through a work day is…