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DAIKON - turnip for Hagrid images

DAIKON - turnip for Hagrid

Daikon is a vegetable, that has the shape of a carot, but its dimension are tripled. It has the color and taste of turnit. Daikon can be used either as a vegetable, or as a seasoning. As a vegetable, you may find it in salad, used just as carrots can be, or cooked in pot-au-feu. You can grill i…(128 words)

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Claire

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Shio-Kara

When you start getting into what Japanese refer to as "O-tsumami", generally meaning snacks to have with alcohol, you start getting into some pretty strange food. But if you like these kinds of food, it isn't so strange at all.One notorious snack that turns many people away but others inhale, i…(126 words)

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KurtisW

Highball images

Highball

A highball is a mix of whiskey and soda water. I think one of the reasons it is so popular is that it is so cheap! As a mixer, water doesn't cost anything, and Japan does make some good whiskeys too.It is also available in convenience stores and liquor stores in cans.(53 words)

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Jase

Age tofu.. images

Age tofu..

Fried tofu some times simmered in think sauce served with garnishing..If not yet tried I definitely recommend you on this even if you are not a Tofu person.Should be available in most izakayas(35 words)

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idivilayil

Much Mochi images

Much Mochi

Mochi - rice cakes - can be eaten anytime of the year, but many people like to enjoy toasted mochi during the colder months. Wrap a strip of nori (pressed seaweed) around the mochi, bruch a bit of soy sauce on it, and pop it in the over toaster (do NOT use a western style toaster - you'll ruin it)…(339 words)

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Joe Peters

Radishes and such images

Radishes and such

Radishes are abundant; and one that especially comes to mind is the Daikon radish, also quite popular abroad. Daikon is a major staple of many Japanese dishes, the most prominent use being in soups, and as a topping called Daikon "oroshi".Miso soup, Japanese winter stews, and Oden will all make…(170 words)

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KurtisW

You might want to tell them a list of your favorite sushi fish! images

You might want to tell them a list of your favorite sushi fish!

It is hard for anyone to learn how to order at a traditional sushi restaurant if you go there for the first time. Not all sushi restaurants can serve you in English either. I would recommend you to study online in advance and pick up your favorite sushi dish or bring their photos. Also, it is a goo…(89 words)

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OKAKI-sun

Most popular sushi fish is tuna! images

Most popular sushi fish is tuna!

Tuna is very popular sushi fish in Japan. There are three kinds of tuna – re “Otoro (belly of tuna. Fatty tuna, Taste great!)”, “Chutoro (medium fatty tuna)” and “Akami (lean tuna)”. They are usually eaten with soy source (Shoyu, sometimes called “Murasaki” in sushi restaurants) and a little bit of…(95 words)

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OKAKI-sun

People love to go to Shrines and Temples images

People love to go to Shrines and Temples

One of the most popular is the Ise Shrine.If you ever get a chance to go to Mie-ken I strongly recommend it.In New Year Season I'd suggest to take public transport or if you go by car you should park your car one exit before the actual exit due to heavy traffic.They offer buses to take you …(229 words)

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Yuuki I

Use Hashi (chopsticks) in order to be different! images

Use Hashi (chopsticks) in order to be different!

There are some different types of suchi such as Nigiri and Gunkan-maki. Gunkan maki is a sushi made by wrapping rice with dried seaweed around its perimeter and placing “neta” on rice. When neta seems to drop if you try to dip gunkan maki in soy source, it is one of very smart manners to pick up Ga…(104 words)

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OKAKI-sun

Order only the seasonal cuts of sushi. images

Order only the seasonal cuts of sushi.

Most sushi restaurants have recommended sushi for the day (normally around 5) which are often displayed somewhere in the restaurant.(19 words)

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Steve

Start with chu-hai images

Start with chu-hai

Chu-hai is a popular alcoholic drink made with the potato based shochu. It is sold in cans and ranges in price from under 100 yen to around 300 yen for 350ml. The price depends on the quality and where you buy it as supermarkets will obviously be cheaper that convenience stores and vending machines…(66 words)

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Kenji

Strawberries in winter of course! images

Strawberries in winter of course!

I have always wondered why you find strawberries in winter only in Japan!Of course, you do need them to decorate your whipped cream Christmas cake. It is a must but it should not be the only reason!In Belgium, where I come from, strawberries are a summer time delicacy. You start picking the…(109 words)

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Claire

Smoke images

Smoke

It is recently easy to find smoke-free cafés in Tokyo, because such smoke-free cafes increase in these days. Local governments made the regulations to prohibit to smoke on the road, so a lot of smokers try to find some spots such as smoke-free cafés. Therefore many cafes made a smoking sub-room or …(81 words)

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Tommy

Making Mochi by Hand for New Years images

Making Mochi by Hand for New Years

My family always makes handmade mochi at the end of the year. It turns in to party that starts at about 6:00am when we start to steam the mochi-rice. My father-in-law always hands me a beer and all the men stand outside waiting for the rice to be ready for a pounding. My wife and mother-in-law wise…(383 words)

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Jeff Aasgaard

Set or by the piece - you can order sushi either way images

Set or by the piece - you can order sushi either way

If you're at the counter it's easy to see the case where the fresh fish is kept. If you don't know the names of the fish just point at what you want to eat and the itamae (sushi chef) will make that for you. Normally, you'll get two pieces, but you can ask for just one piece also.If you're …(311 words)

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Joe Peters

the emergence of small market! images

the emergence of small market!

If you want to get local vegetables and products, you can get them at the "cooperatives" if you are not in any large city center and if you have a car. You can also shop at small markets: the posh (and expensive) one is located in Aoyama, close to the UN University. There is another one in Yurakuch…(137 words)

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Claire

Gyouza Okoku `Kingdom of Gyouza` images

Gyouza Okoku `Kingdom of Gyouza`

Gyouza or chinese dumplings are well-known in Japan. You can find them in restaurants and super-markets. Those who Love gyouza or those looking for 100% vegetarian gyouzas or Eager (& hungry) first-timers, do visit Gyouza Okoku restaurant in Minami-Gyotoku, 6~10 mins walk from Minami Gyotoku statio…(91 words)

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Samir Bodhe

2 sushi place you need to visit... images

2 sushi place you need to visit...

2 streets behind the Matsuya department store, there is a small sushi shop called Marui. Their fish come from Tsukiji market directly. Price is very reasonable. You get a lunch for 900 or 1000 yen and in the evening, you also have some menu possibilities that will not let you leave with empty p…(209 words)

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Claire

Special places in Japan can be hidden just outside of the city images

Special places in Japan can be hidden just outside of the city

How much would you pay to eat fresh sashimi?Would you go to a 100 yen Kaiten Sushi?Or would you prefer to know what your eating and go to a Sushi bar where the chief is right in front of you? Sounds expensive?!The fish you eat in Tokyo the main hub comes through a large market called Tuki…(288 words)

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Yuuki I

Winter time is Nabe Time! images

Winter time is Nabe Time!

Don't like to cook but like to eat tasty Japanese food.If you haven't already you should try Japanese nabe.It's simple to make and there is wide verity of tastes available.In the winter time there will be a Nabe corner at almost any supermarket.They are in a large liquid bag. Popular tast…(114 words)

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Yuuki I

Ramen with Chashu Topping images

Ramen with Chashu Topping

Ramen are very popular in Japan. There are magazines and books about ramen and TV shows where people do nothing but walk around from shop to shop eating. Ramen come in several flavours, depending on the broth cooked by the shop master. The broth is mixed to make shoyu or miso taste. Whatever ta…(138 words)

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David

A steamed Japanese cake images

A steamed Japanese cake

In onsen areas with shops, you often see "Manjuu", a steamed Japanese cake with a doughy outside, and sweet red beans on the inside.At one time, they would use actual onsen water for the dough, and the steam from the onsen to cook the manjuu, but these days, just selling them at onsen is enough f…(119 words)

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Eddie

How to dip soy sauce ? images

How to dip soy sauce ?

To separate sushi rice and fish is a violation. Pick up one side of sushi with your thumb, forefinger and middle finger, dip the other side slightly into soy sauce.http://www.japaneserestaurants.co.nz/more/best-way-to-eat-sushi/Do not dissolve Wasabi into soy sauce when you eat Sashimi,…(54 words)

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Eddie

Cheers with Japanese Sake images

Cheers with Japanese Sake

Sake is the representative alcohol in Japan. They are a liquor made by fermentation of rice and they are also called “Seisyu”.The Kyoto municipal government was the first to establish so-called “kampai ordinances”, to promote the spread of refined sake made in Kyoto city. The government aims to s…(96 words)

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OKAKI-sun

A community with trust and connection images

A community with trust and connection

My good friend Kato-san's family runs a farmhouse near Hamamatsu.I had the chance to visit is home the other day.The entrance to the house is right by a main road where people and cars pass by.I was welcomed by a vertical flag saying "Kato's Farmhouse."The entrance of the property were st…(244 words)

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Yuuki I

Udon is a Must-Try for a Real Japanese Noodle Experience images

Udon is a Must-Try for a Real Japanese Noodle Experience

Everyone knows the most popular noodle dishes for Japanese are ramen, soba and udon. Why then, we wonder, does udon seems to be mentioned less often and receive less attention from international visitors? Here, I would like to let you know where and how to experience UDON, our fascinating, tradit…(437 words)

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Hagi

A place that leads you back in time! images

A place that leads you back in time!

The other day, I needed a café to get myself alive and kicking and I entered the Virgin coffee shop in Roppongi, located at the corner of a 35 years old building, not very far from Gonpachi, along the highway. This is in the same building as the eclectic boutique hotel H&R Roppongi. If you stay th…(372 words)

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Claire

St. Patrick's Day special menu images

St. Patrick's Day special menu

Special St. Patrick's Day dinner plate "Corned Beef & Cabbage" is available for 1,980 yen at all Hard Rock Cafe in Japan . (Served till March 17th). Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with friends and family at Hard Rock Cafe.Sepcial St. Patrick's Day pin is also available at Hard Rock Cafe Tokyo.h…(53 words)

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shinR

Want to eat Tempura at a reasonable Price? Here's How!! images

Want to eat Tempura at a reasonable Price? Here's How!!

Tempura(天ぷら), battered and fried seafood or vegetables, is traditionally one of the most famous delicacies in Japan along with sukiyaki or shabu-shsbu. Many visitors find Tempura to be relatively expensive as it usually is expected to cost as much as several thousand yen. Let me give you a few h…(279 words)

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Hagi

A quiet Italian in Gotanda images

A quiet Italian in Gotanda

Il Cavallo is a bit hidden away on the 3rd floor of Tokyo Design Center Building, but access is easy as it's right in front of exit #7 of Gotanda Station.Set lunches range from 1,050 to 4,000 yen. I had the Pranzo B which included a choice of soup of antipasto and a main course (pork on the day…(141 words)

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Joe Peters

The Kit Kat world in Japan. images

The Kit Kat world in Japan.

Japan is a place to enjoy unique Kit Kat flavors. There are so many varieties of them some of it even may be a bit strange to bite into those choco covered wafers. What are the flavors you tried until now in Japan? Keep your eyes open in super markets and you will be surprised on the Kitkat flavour…(90 words)

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idivilayil

Find an Oasis in the Desert! images

Find an Oasis in the Desert!

If you come to Tokyo, you find that each district has its own atmosphere. Tsukiji, Ginza, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Asakusa, Meguro, Roppongi, they are all different. The architecture is different, people working and living there are different. People at different time of the day or night are even differe…(369 words)

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Claire

Ootoya restaurant - Kasan Ni Teishoku images

Ootoya restaurant - Kasan Ni Teishoku

My recommendation for Teishoku is "Kasan Ni" at Ootoya Restaurant. This one is an Ootoya special and one of their signature items. I actually ate this yummy teishoku when I went there with my family for the first time. Then, I ended up sticking to this dish for a while after that whenever I went th…(149 words)

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EmiOnishi

Why Japanese seafood so good images

Why Japanese seafood so good

Seaweed art learned by NPO who try to teach ecology through seaweed; underwater forest. Japan is the islands country in temperate zone and it's rich sea hold much seaweed brings up many fish and creatures. That is one of the reason of rich Japanese seafood. You can also taste many kinds of seaweed …(102 words)

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noby

Hanami: Do it like the Japanese images

Hanami: Do it like the Japanese

This is the check list of things that you absolutely need stricto minima to do your Hanami party like the Japanese! If you have the following kit, you will look like the real part! - blue plastic sheet: to use as a carpet. You can use one with Hello Kitty or Pikatchu but blue will do it. …(210 words)

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Claire

Children’s Day images

Children’s Day

Kodomo-no-hi falls on May 5, called "Tango-no-sekku", Boys' festival. In Japan, we have various customs on the day. We hang out carp streamers (Koinobori) or decorate the Boys' May Festival dolls to pray that boys in the house will live their lives strongly as well as to drive out an evil spirit. O…(87 words)

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OKAKI-sun

Japanese sweets images

Japanese sweets

Japanese sweets and cakes are awesome.If you are afraid to try the traditional ones, those made with rice and red beans, you can still try the "occidental" ones.If you go to a department store food floor (usually basement floor), you will have a huge choice of patisseries and breads. Giotto…(189 words)

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Claire

7 Reasons Why Tokyo is the New Paris - Food and Wine images

7 Reasons Why Tokyo is the New Paris - Food and Wine

http://www.foodandwine.com/blogs/2014/4/23/7-reasons-why-tokyo-is-the-new-parisA post from a Food and Wine writer about Tokyo... He highlights a few things (...obvious to us), but it is great coming from a "third-party Francophile". Tokyo certainly has great pastries (... and bakeries). Whil…(270 words)

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Teddy

Ready for some MEAT in Tokyo? images

Ready for some MEAT in Tokyo?

Just in case you are in the need for some amazing steak, Wolfgang's steakhouse in Roppongi will definite fulfill you! This is the first video review of the restaurant to share with the Deep Japan community.http://www.japantoday.com/category/food/view/kong-wolfgangsWe were very impressed! To f…(97 words)

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Kong