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A Guide to Tasty Halal Treats and Snacks in Japanese Convenience Stores

Followers of the Islamic faith are prohibited from eating certain foods such as pork and cannot consume alcohol or tobacco. Although it is easy to avoid drugs and beer, it isn’t always as simple to distinguish what contains pork or other foods which Muslims consider to be forbidden for them to consume. This can be…

Shikamaro-kun Choco-Mochi Sweets: Nara’s Delicious ’Deer Poop’ Souvenirs!

Anyone who knows me will be well aware of my slight obsession with Shikamaro-kun, the oh-so-cute yuru-chara (mascot) of the Nara City Tourist Association. As such, any sort of chocolatey snack with his face on it was a sure sell and I left Nara with a collection of Shikamaro-kun mochi sweets to try. Mochi Author’s…
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Try Japan’s Secret Ingredient that’s Both Healthy and Delicious: Kinako

Japanese cuisine is thought of by many as one of the most unique and delicious cuisines around. Japanese food has become so popular that there are now thousands of Japanese restaurants located all over the world!   waifu.jp/ However, there is no doubt that the best way to really experience and enjoy authentic Japanese food…

Wagashi Calendar: Hanabiramochi in January

The beginning of a new year brings lots of promise and hope to all as we start afresh with a clean slate. In the old Japanese calendar called kyuureki, January used to be called Mutsuki (睦月). Other than this term, January was also known by other names such as Mototsutsuki which means “first month of…

Mizu Shingen Mochi: Water You Can Eat?

The mizu shingen mochi is a dessert which looks like a large droplet of water. Mizu means water while shingen mochi is a type of sweet rice cake that has been developed by the Kinseiken company which is pretty popular in Japan. It is typically served with kinako powder and brown sugar syrup. Kinseiken’s Water…

Mochi: Japan’s Dangerously Delicious New Year’s Treat

Unless you actually live here, you may not have encountered the staple Japanese New Year’s dish – Mochi! Subsequently, you may also not know that this food is not only delicious but occasionally deadly (but not as much as Fugu)! Let’s explore this wonderfully dangerous dish. What is it? jp.fotolia.com/ Mochi is pounded rice cakes…

Wagashi Calendar: Kirizansho in November

History In the Kyuureki (旧暦) which is also called the lunisolar calendar, November was previously called Shimotsuki (霜月). As the name suggests, this is the month when frost falls as the weather gets colder with each passing day. There are also other names which also refer to November although they may not be as commonly…

Experience Japanese Tradition and Pound Some Fresh Mochi this December!

While there are dozens of mochi specialty shops throughout Japan which are almost made with the help of machines, you should know what was the traditional labor intensive way of making – or to make it specific – pounding mochi! Tradition   Mochi is Japanese rice cake. Mochitsuki is a traditional Japanese ceremony to make…

Kodomo no Hi: Celebrating Children’s Day in Japan

Every 5th of the month of May, the Japanese celebrate Children’s Day, also known as Kodomo no Hi. This is part of the Golden Week celebration, one day which is set aside to respect the unique personalities of children as well as their happiness. It was the sudden shift to Gregorian calendar that the celebration…

Top 3 Japanese Summer Treats

Summer is here! Open the window and you can feel it in the air, the humidity and the unbearable sun. A part of me just wants to stay inside all day away from the heat, but at the same time I’m still happy that summer has come! Japan is famous for seasonal treats, every season…