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Relax, Recharge & Experience With These 5 Things to Do in Kobe

Imagine a place with a picturesque mountain view on one side and a stunning sea view on the other. Add to the image mouth watering food, ice cold beer, and a relaxing hot spring resort. Package these thoughts with a good dose of serenity and you get the city of Kobe. With so much to…

Try These 3 ’Wafu’ Pasta Dishes and Taste Japan’s Take on Italian Cuisine

Pasta is loved by people worldwide including the Japanese. While we are familiar with certain styles of pasta such as aglio olio and Bolognese, Japanese has created many of their very own versions of pasta dishes. The general term for these Japanese renditions of foreign food is known as wafu (和風) or Japanese style. Therefore,…

Spice Things Up With These 5 Savory Rice Toppings!

Have you ever wondered how to easily liven up some plain white rice? There are a few wonderful options that you can try in Japan. I have written about rice toppings before, but there are also great side dishes to compliment your staple starch. From simple to more bizarre, they all pair well with white…

5 of the Best Japanese Chips

Potato chips. I know, they are unhealthy, loaded with salt, and let’s face it – greasy. Still, we can all agree that they are therapy in a bag! When you first come to Japan and can’t read a word, buying a bag of potato chips is like a blindfolded taste test with a deranged tormentor.…

Japanese Rice Balls (Onigiri): What’s Inside?

Who doesn’t love a quick snack that is healthy and full of nutrition? Japanese rice balls are great, convenient and quick, pre-wrapped, and easy to eat. No utensils required. Before you chow down on an unknown filling, get to know your rice balls (onigiri)! The insides are a mystery. Some stores are kind enough to…

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) jp.fotolia.com/ A traditional New Year’s food, Kazunoko are…