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Cheese Mushi Cake

チーズ 蒸しケーキ Had to try one of these. Look at the cute red ribbon painted on the plastic package! Yes, it was delicious, but the preservatives in the ingredients list are a scary bunch. These cakes are made to keep for a year.

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Kasugai Goma Ame (Sesame Candy)

From the Japanese snack company Kasugai… ごま あめ

Kasugai Goma Ame (Sesame Candy)

The English label simply says SWEET CANDY.  It’s goma ame (sesame candy). Looks like hard candy and you can suck on it like you would a gumdrop. I prefer to chew on it − very bad for molar teeth, but the best way to enjoy it, in my humble opinion.

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Mame Daifuku (Bean Paste in Mochi)

まめ 大福  = Mame Daifuku = mochi stuffed with bean paste

Of the several variants of daifukumochi that Shirakiku makes for the American market, this is probably the one I like the least, if only because it was so heavy!

LABEL WARNING:This product is chewy in texture. Children (especially under three years of age) and elderly people should be cautious. Please chew thoroughly before swallowing.

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Latest News on Japanese Green Tea

Never at a loss for news when it comes to ryokucha (Japanese green tea).

Japan Rugby World Cup: guide to the host cities
It’s a nice place to sip green tea and sample a range of Japanese sweets. Take a 40-minute train ride west to the city of Himeji, with its 400-year-old castle – Japan’s only Unesco-protected castle.
Posted: September 13, 2019, 11:01 pm
Time for tea: Unilever publishes full global list of Tea Suppliers
Japan, Argentina, Vietnam and Australia). The landmark move to increase transparency in the industry covers all black and green tea (Camellia Sinensis) sourced by Unilever. This supplies the ...
Posted: September 13, 2019, 6:16 am
Google Arts & Culture opens virtual exhibit exploring Japanese cuisine
Japanese green tea actually originated in China; Japanese cuisine was once completely vegetarian; and Tokyo is the city that is home to the greatest number of Michelin stars in the world. These are ...
Posted: September 12, 2019, 5:13 pm
Special soup makes noodles a hit at Japanese tea shop
Inside, a wide variety of tea leaves are on the shelves, including the shop's proprietary blend of green tea and those mixed with brown ... a bowl of chukasoba Chinese-style noodles. PHOTO: The Japan ...
Posted: September 11, 2019, 2:58 am
The Restaurants Making Tea Pairing the New Wine Pairing
He goes on to explain the dried blend in a glass pot in front of us is Genmaica, a Japanese green tea combined with roasted brown rice, mixed with fragrant basil leaves. Seconds later it’s being ...
Posted: September 9, 2019, 6:08 am
279 Japanese cafe review
Japanese cafe 279 is attentive ... through a blossom branch pushing dappled light across the communal table: spring is sweetly sprung. Green tea is steeped with precisely heated water at the rear ...
Posted: September 8, 2019, 6:32 pm
Why the world loves matcha - just not in cups of tea
From matcha ice cream to cake and chocolate, producers of traditional Japanese green tea are capitalising on growing global interest in its flavour — even as demand for the drink declines at home. At ...
Posted: September 8, 2019, 5:04 am
Mister Donuts Japan to release sweet potato donuts for autumn
f there is one thing Mister Donut Japan is good at, it has to be boldly infusing different flavors to create exciting and tasty treats, and their extravagant green tea donuts is a great example of ...
Posted: September 7, 2019, 2:57 pm
Natural ice brings cool accent to Japan’s summer refreshment
From the nine flavors of syrup on offer, including matcha green tea, I chose plum. I put a scoop of the shaved ... locks in the essence of ‘winter’ — and enjoy its flavor.” Japan’s history of shaved ...
Posted: September 5, 2019, 1:28 am
Find cheeseburger rice bowls and Tokyo memories at this Japanese milk bar
And when you dine there, you can see how the chefs’ mega-eating marathon has shaped Dopa by Devon’s menu: there are mountainous kakigori desserts flavoured with strawberries or matcha from Yame in ...
Posted: September 3, 2019, 10:42 pm
Out of the blue: Japanese firm concocts colored chocolate, tea and sake with help of Lao knowhow
In Europe and the United States, demand for matcha, a type of green tea in Japan that is treated as a general tea powder in those continents, is booming as consumers favor it as a healthy ingredient ...
Posted: September 2, 2019, 9:42 pm
The New Generation of Chefs Pushing Japanese Food in Unexpected Directions
IN 1906, THE YOKOHAMA-BORN scholar Okakura Kakuzo published “The Book of Tea,” a ... in southern Japan. Jesuit missionaries followed, ultimately passing on a recipe for peixinhos da horta (“little ...
Posted: September 2, 2019, 7:11 am

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Japanese Street Food

Japanese cuisine has long made for popular street food around the world, with rice and noodle dishes proving to be particularly popular. However, this has not always been the case in Japan itself, where dining is more of a ritual, and people rarely eat whilst on the go. Even so, street food stalls are gradually gaining popularity within Japan, and so here are a few dishes that you won’t want to miss out on should you have the chance to sample this style of food within this area of the world.

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Noriko Sakai Has Been Arrested

Days after Noriko Sakai went missing following the arrest of her husband on Monday,  Japanese police issued an arrest warrant for the missing Japanese star. Yuichi Takaso, Sakai’s 41-year-old husband, was arrested on suspicion of violating the Stimulants Control Law.

A relative of the 38-year-old actress had filed a search request with police on Tuesday, and her talent agency reported that they have been unable to contact the J-Pop singer since Monday noon.
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Japanese Transnational Issues

International Disputes Involving Japan:

1. The sovereignty dispute over the islands of Etorofu, Kunashiri, and Shikotan, and the Habomai group, known in Japan as the “Northern Territories” and in Russia as the “Southern Kuril Islands,” occupied by the Soviet Union in 1945, now administered by Russia and claimed by Japan, remains the primary sticking point to signing a peace treaty formally ending World War II hostilities.

2. Japan and South Korea claim Liancourt Rocks (Take-shima/Dokdo) occupied by South Korea since 1954.

3. China and Taiwan dispute both Japan’s claims to the uninhabited islands of the Senkaku-shoto (Diaoyu Tai) and Japan’s unilaterally declared exclusive economic zone in the East China Sea, the site of intensive hydrocarbon prospecting.

THE JAPANESE MILITARY

Military Branches

Japanese Ministry of Defense (MOD):

Ground Self-Defense Force (Rikujou Jietai, GSDF), Maritime Self-Defense Force (Kaijou Jietai, MSDF), Air Self-Defense Force (Koku Jieitai, ASDF) (2009)

Military service age and obligation:

18 years of age for voluntary military service (2001) Read more