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These Healthy Japanese Snacks Are Packed Full of Flavor

Kit Kats, Pocky, umaibo—many of Japan’s most popular snacks might give the more health-conscious among us pause. But despite the country’s well established enthusiasm for colorful, super-salty, and sugary treats, there are just as many healthy Japanese snacks as there are indulgent ones.

April 28, 2021
Food & Drink
A plate of Japanese sponge cake, castella

Discover Castella, A Japanese Sponge Cake With a Delicious History

When you think of Japan and wagashi, the first images that spring to mind are mochi and all things anko. But there is a wagashi staple that can be confusing for most—Nagasaki’s Castella. It looks like your typical sponge cake, simple but delectable. It is great with black tea or coffee for a sweet snack at home. So how did Castella become a Japanese cake?

April 20, 2021
Food & Drink

How To Make Japanese Waffles at Home

Waffles are a sweet treat that anyone is sure to love, and in Japan, there are actually plenty of Japanese people who are fans of waffles too!

April 19, 2021
Discover Japan

Senbei Jiru: The Hearty Japanese Dish from The Beautiful Port City Hachinohe

Warm, hearty, and full of rich history, senbei jiru is an incredible dish from the northern port city of Hachinohe.

April 08, 2021
Food & Drink
An amezaiku goldfish lollipop.

Japanese Candy Art: The Wonderful History of Amezaiku

Japanese candy art has been making a renaissance: the traditional craft of amezaiku.

April 07, 2021
Food & Drink
Red bean paste buns next to a bowl of azuki red beans.

Anpan: The Amazing Bun with Red Bean Paste!

Let’s explore the world of anpan, a unique Japanese wagashi that combines soft bread with sweet fillings. It’s red bean paste blending perfectly with freshly baked dough.

March 30, 2021
Food & Drink

Japanese Milk Tea Goes Beyond Bobba

What comes to your mind when you hear the words, “milk tea”?

March 25, 2021
Food & Drink
Two pieces of melonpan on a plate.

Melonpan: The Ultimate Guide to Japan’s Iconic Sweet Bread

Melonpan consists of a thin cookie dough covering that generously sprinkles sugar on sweet bread. Plus, melonpan is available in local bakeries, konbini, specialty shops, and street vendors throughout Japan.

March 23, 2021
Discover Japan
A cute of sweet Japanese pudding.

Japanese Pudding Enchantment: A Fusion of History & Delicious Recipe

Custard has been popular in Japan since the Meiji era, when it became a classic component in Japanese yogashi, or Western-style sweets.

March 22, 2021
Food & Drink
A plate of hanami dango.

Hanami Dango Dumplings: History, Flavors & Recipe

As cherry blossom season creeps ever closer, pink, spring-themed snacks are popping up in convenience stores and supermarkets all over Japan!

March 18, 2021
Food & Drink
A bunch of pon de ring Japanese donuts.

Japanese Donuts: Types, Ingredients & Recipe

One of the main differences between the types of Japanese donuts lies in the dry ingredients used for them.

March 15, 2021
Food & Drink
A cup of Japanese matcha green tea.

How to Make Matcha Tea Without a Whisk

Unlike other green teas, matcha is a fine powder produced by drying and grinding specially cultivated tea leaves, thereby conserving all of the leaves’ nutrients.

March 10, 2021
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