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Review: Simosan - Kobe Fugetsudo

by Shigeki Abe November 23, 2014 1 Comment

Kobe Fugetsudo Simosan

One of my favorite Japanese snack makers is Kobe Fugetsudo. Started in 1897, they make numerous premium Japanese snacks which are not only tasty but have great packaging, thus making perfect gifts. This week, we take a look at one of my favorites by them: Simosan.

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Review: Hato Sabure Cookies

by Shigeki Abe November 13, 2014 8 Comments

Hato Sabure (鳩サブレー) is a very popular cookie from Kamakura, Japan. The store, Teshimaya (豊島屋), which makes the cookies has been open since the Meiji period (1868) so there's a lot of history to the cookies. But how does it taste? Read on to find out!

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Review: Azuki Sandwich KitKat

by Shigeki Abe November 01, 2014 1 Comment

azuki sandwich kitkat

There are so many unique KitKat flavors in Japan that you can’t find anywhere else. While wandering rural Japan, I came upon a flavor I hadn't seen before: Azuki (redbean) Sandwich. Read the review to find out how it is.

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Off The Beaten Path: Nakasu

by Shigeki Abe October 28, 2014 1 Comment


off the beaten path nakasu snakku

“Off The Beaten Path” is a new series of posts where we will explore some of the lesser known yet amazing places to experience in Japan. 

First stop: Nakasu (中洲).

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Chopsticks of Obama Japan

by Shigeki Abe October 22, 2014 1 Comment

Obama is a town in Japan, responsible for producing over 80% of all the lacquer chopsticks. In this post, let’s take a look at one of the most popular, yet commonly overlooked item: the chopstick.

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Fushimi Inari - Mystical Shrine of Japan

by Shigeki Abe October 14, 2014

Among the thousands of shrines in Japan, Fushimi Inari ( 伏見稲荷大社, Fushimi Inari Taisha ) is one of the most well-known and beautiful of them all. Read this post to read more about this mystical shrine.

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Meals That are Too Cute to Eat!

by Shigeki Abe October 08, 2014 1 Comment


Japan is a land of "kawaii", aka cuteness.  From anime, to the way some people dress, to even ordinary things such as signs, the culture of "kawaii" is everywhere.  Foods in particular can be too cute to eat in Japan.  Read this post to see some amazingly cute food from Japan.

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What's a Dango?

by Shigeki Abe October 06, 2014


If I had to choose one snack which represents Japan, it would have to be the Dango.  Dango is a Japanese sweet dumpling made from rice flour (mochiko) similar to mochi.  Dangos are amazing because there are so many ways that they can be prepared and eaten.  What your favorite type of Dango?

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Ema: Write Down Your Wishes

by Shigeki Abe October 03, 2014

When you visit a Shinto shrine in Japan, you'll see lots of wooden plaques hanging all over the place.  What are these and what do they symbolize?
Read this post to learn more about them!
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Ekiben: What's Inside a Bento Box?

by Shigeki Abe October 01, 2014

Taking a train is one of the best ways to get around Japan.  And the best part of taking the train?  The amazing bento boxes you can get on the train or at the station.  Let's take a deeper dive into the Bento box!

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Panya: A Look Inside Japanese Bakeries

by Shigeki Abe September 29, 2014

Japan has a rich history and culture of baked goods. There are very few things in this world that are better than the experience of walking into a Japanese bakery:  the smell of freshly baked bread and pastries, the sight of perfectly baked goods, the noise of bakers in the back churning out new batches of bread.  Explore the amazing world of Japanese bakeries!

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The many ways to eat fish in Japan

by Shigeki Abe September 26, 2014

Japanese grilled fish

When most people think about Japanese food, they think of sushi.  Contrary to popular belief, Japanese people do not eat sushi very often but that's not to say that they don't eat fish. There are so many ways to eat fish in Japan. In this post, I wanted to share with you some popular ways of preparing fish.
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Kakigori - the Japanese summer treat

by Shigeki Abe September 24, 2014 1 Comment

Kakigori Shaved Ice

Kakigori is a Japanese shaved ice dessert, typically flavored with syrup and condensed milk. It's most popular during the hot summer months and sold all over the Japan, from convenience stores to food stalls to restaurants.  Lots of Japanese families even make it at home since it's so simple to make, yet so delicious.  

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Chidoriya Boutique Snack Store

by Shigeki Abe September 22, 2014 1 Comment


Chidoriya Store

Chidoriya is a well known snack store in Japan.  Established in 1630, they began selling snacks when the Portuguese brought western baked cakes to Japan. This particular store is in Fukuoka, Japan.

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Skoshbox Review: is this snack subscription worth it?

by Shigeki Abe September 21, 2014


Skoshbox Excerpt

Skoshbox piqued our interest since it's a Japanese snack monthly subscription box.  We got a few months worth of boxes and wanted to share our thoughts.

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