Category: Discover Japan

A shot of green noodles or hegisoba.

Green Noodles (Hegisoba): Niigata’s Best Specialty

Hegisoba is a noodle dish specialty from Niigata. It has a unique presentation and a special ingredient that provides a unique texture when you bite it. Let’s look closer at the culinary history behind this fantastic dish, and why is it important.

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A traditional Japanese shrine near a sakura tree of Japan.

Sakura of Japan: Best Top Nine Cherry Blossoms

Sakura has become a cultural symbol associated with many traditional Japanese activities in spring, including the custom of hanami (flower viewing). Most types of cherry blossoms have their unique beauty and different flowering times.

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A bowl of toshikoshi soba on a red New Years plate.

Toshikoshi Soba: Wonderful for the New Year

When it comes to Japanese traditions around this time of year, most people think of osechi and kagami mochi. Did you also know that the Japanese eat soba on New Year’s Eve? Let’s take a look at this delicious tradition!

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