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The Most Unique, Must-Visit Starbucks Stores in Japan

Sometimes, it is not the coffee that attracts tourists to visit a Starbucks coffee chain but the remarkable unique architecture and design of the shop; and two of the many Starbucks branches in Japan that exhibit such remarkable feats are indeed worthy to be visited. Dark wood panels, Pantone-green accents, and chic and cozy seats…

Yumepirika: The Development of One of the Best Rice Brands in Japan

Historical records have shown extensive evidence of how Japanese value their rice grains. As technology in rice production continues to improve, the quest to produce top of the line rice brands that suit the Japanese palate also continues. One of the products of such rigorous efforts to develop a new rice brand in Hokkaido is…

Japan’s B Gourmet: Inferior in Price but King in Flavor

Although the possibility of UNESCO awarding a distinction to the Japanese cuisine kaiseki ryori (a traditional multicourse Japanese meal) as an intangible cultural asset may attract more tourists to learn more about Japanese gastronomy, the problem is not all tourists can afford the very expensive kaiseki ryori. But, thanks to Japan’s “B gourmet,” more tourists…

2 of the Most Popular Canned Coffee Brands in Japan

Since 1965, Japan has developed a close relationship with kan kohi (canned coffee). In a survey conducted in the country, a typical Japanese consumer can consume an average of 100 cans of coffee each year. To keep up with the fast-growing demand of the Japanese tastebuds, beverage industries produce 100 variants of coffee annually. Take…

Meet Nishijima Toyozo: Japan’s Five–Star Rice Master

Nishijima Toyozo is one of Japan’s certified “five-star rice masters” of Japan Rice Retailers Association. His reputation can be backed up by his encyclopedic knowledge about rice. Now, he travels around Japan to support the farming sector of the country with the hope that each farming community will become sustainable and will also be able…

Cooking Japanese Rice in the Rice Cooker: Ensuring the Best Flavor

As Japan prides itself for producing rice of the highest quality all over the world, it is no surprise that the country also produces top of the line rice cooking appliances. Japan also ranks number 50 in terms of rice consumption worldwide and the demand for steamy, hot fluffy rice has been the norm since…

Why Japan’s Butter Supply is Declining: Butter Shortages in Japan Explained

Butter has been a staple in Japan, and every year, the Japanese consume about 70,000 to 80,000 tons of butter with 10,000 tons of the total consumption being imported. In part of 2015, the sale of butter in Japan had again been limited to only one item per customer. According to the Ministry of Agriculture,…

4 Wagyu Dishes Every Meat Lover Must Try When in Japan

Are you up for a food adventure in Japan? Then make sure not to miss the Wagyu (Japanese beef) dishes which are cooked in various ways for you to enjo — in a hotpot, as a steak or sushi. Wagyu beef, and especially the Kobe Beef, has become famously known worldwide for its quality so…