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Authentic Japanese Gifts for the Holidays

December 01, 2014 4 min read

We hope everyone is enjoying their holiday season.  Christmas is a very large holiday in Japan so as the gift giving season ramps up, we wanted to share with you some authentic Japanese gifts ideas.  There's something for everyone here! Oh, and メリークリスマス is how you say Merry Christmas in Japanese. 

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Review: Simosan - Kobe Fugetsudo

November 23, 2014 2 min read

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

November 13, 2014 2 min read

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

November 01, 2014 1 min read

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

October 28, 2014 2 min read


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

October 22, 2014 2 min read

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

October 14, 2014 2 min read

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!

October 08, 2014 1 min read


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?

October 06, 2014 2 min read


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

October 03, 2014 2 min read

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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Panya: A Look Inside Japanese Bakeries

September 29, 2014 1 min read

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

September 26, 2014 1 min read

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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