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Kakigoori Spots in Kyoto: Five Great Places to Enjoy!

During summer, Kyoto becomes really hot and humid. One of the best ways to escape the heat and relax is to eat kakigoori (shaved ice). There are many different types of kakigoori available in Kyoto. Flavors range from traditional, like green tea and brown sugar, to innovative, featuring savory ingredients like miso. Let’s look at…

July 23, 2024
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Chopped up ikayaki on a rectangle on a white plate.

Ikayaki in Kansai: Restaurants to Check Out!

Japan is famous for many excellent snacks and treats that can only be found by visiting the country directly. Many of these foods are national treats and can be purchased in any convenience store or grocery store. Still, many are regional favorites and can only be enjoyed while visiting their respective towns and cities. Ikayaki…

July 22, 2024
Food & Drink
A plate of somen noodles.

Somen: The History of These Interesting Noodles!

Nagashi somen is a unique experience where flowing noodles test your chopstick skills. These thin Japanese noodles, known for their delicate texture, are perfect for hot summer days. Try somen to enjoy a refreshing and fun culinary tradition from Japan!

July 12, 2024
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Sweetfish grilling outside.

Sweetfish: An Amazing Summer Delicacy!

Sweetfish offers a unique taste of Japanese summer! Discover why this seasonal delicacy is a must-try on your culinary journey through Japan.

July 12, 2024
Food & Drink
A raindrop cake with kinako powder and kuromitsu on top.

Raindrop Cake: One of the Most Beautiful Wagashi!

Raindrop cake is a stunning culinary art that has captivated food enthusiasts worldwide. This unique Japanese delicacy is known for its crystal-clear appearance and subtle flavor. It’s a must-try for those seeking to experience Japan’s refined culinary traditions.

July 11, 2024
Food & Drink
A basket of atemoya. It's green with white flesh and black seeds.

Atemoya and Other Amazing Okinawa Fruits!

Okinawa is likened to the emerald gem of Japan, with its favorable subtropical weather ideal for cultivating unique tropical fruits!

July 10, 2024
Food & Drink
A close up of Tohoku rice grain.

Tohoku Rice: Everything You Need to Know!

n Japan, the majority of rice comes from the Tohoku region. The Tohoku region is famous for high-quality ice brands, such as Hitomebore and Akitakomachi. Let’s look at introducing Tohoku rice and what makes it unique.

June 25, 2024
Food & Drink
A bunch of women i kimono wearing Japanese hairstyles.

Japanese Hairstyles: What Makes Them Unique?

Period dramas and history manga often feature Nihongami, traditional Japanese hairstyles. So, let’s learn about these beautiful designs and their historical significance, which inspire fashion today.

June 25, 2024
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A plate of Nanbu Senbei from Iwate Prefecture.

Iwate Has Amazing Crackers: Nanbu Senbei

The deliciousness of simple nanbu senbei comes from the high-quality ingredients and the care with which they are baked. The most common senbei contain either sesame seeds or peanuts.

June 24, 2024
Food & Drink
A plate of amanatto, or sweet beans.

Sweet Beans From Japan: The Amazing Amanatto!

Amanatto are a snack made of sweet beans; more specifically, they coat Japanese beans and other ingredients with sugar!

June 24, 2024
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A plate of iburi gakko, a type of pickled vegetables.

Pickled Vegetables: Everything You Need to Know About Iburi Gakko

Iburi gakko is one of the most renowned and unique pickled vegetables! It’s a pickled daikon (Japanese white radish) unique to Akita Prefecture.

June 21, 2024
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A plate of katsuobushi flakes, with a whole version in the back.

Katsuobushi: The Story of Amazing Bonito Flakes

Katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes) is slowly becoming a hit outside Japan. This unique Japanese ingredient adds flavor to multiple Japanese dishes, including a zesty rice topping.

June 21, 2024
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