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Know Your Rice – 4 Most Popular Japanese Varieties!

Buying rice in Japan is not as easy as just picking a sack off the shelf. Know what you’re buying, and how it tastes! The Japanese eat a lot of rice, in fact, many as often as three times a day. Be it breakfast, lunch or dinner, it is the staple of the Japanese diet.…

Tips On Washing and Storing Japanese Rice To Ensure Best Flavor

According to rice guru Nishijima Toyozo, the cultivated rice grains in Japan today are very different from those in the old days. Unlike in the old days, when rice could be stored at room temperature, rice grains today require a more delicate care when it comes to storing. Although people think that washing rice does…

Choose The Best Japanese Rice With These Pro–Tips from a Local Farmer

In the land of sushi, rice is the name of the game. The Japanese palate has been known to be very particular about rice since cultivating the highest quality of rice in all of the world has long been Japan’s pride. Here is a list of the recommended rice brands and some tips on choosing…

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…

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…

From Rice to Money: Japan’s Contribution to the Modern Stock Market

So, you think the model for the modern day economies were invented on Wall Street? Or somewhere in London’s venerable financial district? No, in fact, the modern day concepts of stocks, futures markets and financial speculation are based on concepts used by Japanese merchants, in 1698 AD. Dōjima Rice Exchange As a keen student of…

Niigata Wara Art Festival: Come See Giant Straw Beasts Rule Japan

The rice harvest is on the way and usually you would expect a whole bunch of leftover rice straw (wara) are expected to accumulate and be thrown away. But definitely, this would not be the case in Japan. Rather than disposing of them at the end of this season, Niigata and Kagawa prefectures will hold…

Kick-Start Your Day with Breakfast the Traditional Japanese Way!

Breakfast, the meal of champions! What you eat for your first meal sets the tone for the rest of the day. Cereal is great and all and so is yogurt. If you really want to live Nippon style, go for a traditional Japanese-style breakfast. Traditional Japanese breakfast includes a few essential elements: White Sticky Rice…

5 Essential Ingredients for Japanese Cooking!

If you love Japan you probably also like the food. If you aren’t lucky enough to be living in Japan then, like me, you may wonder how to recreate some of the delicious Japanese foods at home. It can seem quite difficult knowing where to start with Japanese cooking, as it can be intricate and…