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Shabu Shabu is totally delicious..have to try it once you are in Japan images

Shabu Shabu is totally delicious..have to try it once you are in Japan

There are mainly sliced beef and pork in the the super market, they are used for cooking Shabu Shabu or Yakiniku. If you are kind of adventurous for the teste.. then you will definitely enjoy the soft texture and juicy taste of sliced meet when they are cooked in the boiling broth and dip in the de…(115 words)

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JennyS

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Ba-sashi

I think many have heard of "sashi-mi", or fine cuts of raw fish to be eaten straight, but the Japanese tend to eat other meats raw as well. Even chicken and beef will occasionally be eaten raw in very small quantities.One thing that was a kind of double surprise for me when I first came to Japa…(121 words)

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KurtisW

Recommended Craft Beer in Japan images

Recommended Craft Beer in Japan

Question: What craft beer in Japan do you recommend?My personal favourites: anything from Baird Beer, Brimmer Brewing, Coedo, Yona Yona, and whatever's on tap at Antenna America. Check out my website for links, addresses, and event information:http://www.abrewcadabrew.comFor a comprehensi…(55 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Water, water everywhere images

Water, water everywhere

Due to rainy seasons akin to visits by monsoons, typhoons and a goodly amount of snow, which remains in place until spring and then replenishes the water supply both above and under the ground, water for the most part is abunda. Unfortunately clear, potable water has been used for many other purpos…(115 words)

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Mike's

Fuji Soba images

Fuji Soba

Fuji Soba, found all over downtown Tokyo, is a soba shop like many that have a relatively simple menu of either soba or udon, cold or in hot broth, with the option of a small rice bowl. This place has got to have some of the absolute fastest service I have ever seen, provided it isn't too busy.…(122 words)

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KurtisW

Candies! images

Candies!

Some Japanese people always have some candies in their bags and pockets. They are good when you get tired and they can quench your thirst too. You can always give away a little sweet present too– one of very convenient communication tools. This is a well-known fact especially in Kansai area!(51 words)

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OKAKI-sun

Graze the department stores images

Graze the department stores

In the B1 of most department stores there are amazing prepared foods, breads, snacks, bento boxes, great to eat in a hurry OR to take home for a high quality already cooked meat. The Isetan in Shinjuku has one of the best b1 food areas in Tokyo, Also LOVE the one in the new Daimaru building in …(77 words)

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LShannon

Popular Pocky! images

Popular Pocky!

Long sweet cookie sticks dipped in chocolate or other flavors - Pocky is an institution in Japan. The most famous are just straight up cookie and milk chocolate- but there are lots of other flavors, and regional specialties. There are even some versions that are only seasonal. they come and go once…(98 words)

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LShannon

Mosquito Repellent images

Mosquito Repellent

Katori-Senkou, sometimes referred to as Mosquito Coils, are in my opinion one unique smell that has stuck with me since I first came to Japan.These coils are like incense, and you light one end to have it burn around and around until it becomes ash. They are very cheap, and provide very good re…(141 words)

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KurtisW

Cheese-flavor “Okaki” (rice crackers) for wine! images

Cheese-flavor “Okaki” (rice crackers) for wine!

As many people enjoy cheese together with wine, some Japanese people 'mariage' (marriage) Okaki and wines as a good combination. Because we do have cheese-flavor Okaki! Once you try it, you cannot stop eating them while holding a glass of wine in your hand. They taste so good and addictive! As…(67 words)

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OKAKI-sun

Gold Can Chuu hai images

Gold Can Chuu hai

There is a shochu (hard liquor) maker in Japan called "Takara". They have products such as the takara cup, which is a small serving of Shochu in a plastic bottle. This company is generally not associated with higher quality liquors, and is for all intents and purposes, just a cheap buzz.They ha…(158 words)

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KurtisW

Why Japanese people have been able to live close with nature. images

Why Japanese people have been able to live close with nature.

If you go to a Ryokan a traditional Japanese hotel.I'm always amazed how Japanese people use small ponds, trees, plants to make space so as it feels more open then it really is.The Japanese believe so called gods live in many things.They put their hands together and bow to long living trees…(244 words)

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Yuuki I

KOROKKEH(JAPANESE CROQUETTES) images

KOROKKEH(JAPANESE CROQUETTES)

Fried food that I think is most famous croquettes. Most Japanese are familiar from childhood.This has evolved into style unique to Japan different from those of the original.It is an object that has the oval that commonly found in convenience stores and, like stand-up meal noodle shop, it looks…(105 words)

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FRITZ

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

Matsuya, Speedy and Filling images

Matsuya, Speedy and Filling

It's a bit difficult to define "fast food" in Japan in my opinion. Is fast food a meal that is prepared really fast? Or is it take out? or does it generally refer to junk food? I would say that fast food is cheap, tasty, not necessarily the healthiest, and can either be take out or dine in.Mats…(191 words)

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KurtisW

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

Fried rice crackers are very popular! images

Fried rice crackers are very popular!

Some rice crackers are fried in oil and they are called “Age-mochi”. They are well-seasoned with salt or soy source. Also, “Age-senbei” is also very popular. Cooked nonglutinous rice is flattened and dried before being fried.(36 words)

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OKAKI-sun

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

My favorite Japanese scent images

My favorite Japanese scent

When I first arrived in Japan many years ago, there happened to be a certain shrub in bloom. I didn't know what it was, but it smelled so outrageously great! I later found out that it is called "Kinmokusei" (金木犀). The latin name for this shrub is "Osmanthus fragrans var. aurantiacus", but we do…(114 words)

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Andrea Miyata

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

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