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4 Ways to Avoid a Hangover In Japan!

At the end of the year, it is common for Japanese people to have large gatherings with co-workers, families or friends as a way of ringing in the coming New Year (and forgetting about the year that just passed…) These parties often include some heavy drinking, which can lead to a painful hangover the following…

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…

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…

Tubes of Flavour- 5 Must-Have Sauces to Spice Up Your Next Meal!

Even the most diligent housewife (or househusband) doesn’t have the time to make EVERYTHING from scratch. Grated ginger? Nasty shredded fingernails. Pureed garlic? Stanky hands for days. It’s time to spice things up! #CurryBo #ChefAkiyama #japanesefood #japanesecuisine #spices #chili #pepper #indianspices #japanesespices #chinesespices #cooking #cook #cookingtime #cookinglove #cookinglover #foodstyling #tgif #food #foodie #delicious #eat #yum…

Colorful Japanese Pickles

TSUKEMONO jp.fotolia.com/ Japanese people usually call these pickles as “Tsukemono”. They used so many kinds of vegetables and fruits (such as radish, cucumber, ginger, plum, and etc.) to be pickled in salt, brine, or a bed of rice bran. Sometimes, they also used seaweed to pickle mixtures for flavor and variety. These pickles are served…

The Healthy Japanese Fast Food – Onigiri

When one hears fast food one tends to think about the unhealthy category of food one sometimes has a weakness for. Whether hamburgers, greasy pizza or other calorie bombs, it definitely does not sound healthy. Who would have thought that Japanese answer to that is a healthy option, that keeps you full for even longer…

How to enjoy plums in Japanese culture

Japan is now famed for its beautiful sakura (cherry blossoms) but back in the Edo period, it was ume, or plum blossoms, were the quintessential sign of spring to come. Ume blossoms are not quite as flashy and bountiful as sakura blossoms, but certainly very pretty in a subtler, more elegant way. They were also…