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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).

Häagen-Dazs Japan’s 35th anniversary Green Deep Tea ice cream is no ordinary matcha dessert
We’re still enjoying the culinary afterglow of our all-matcha multi-course Häagen-Dazs meal in Tokyo’s swanky Roppongi neighborhood, but if we’ve learned one thing in life, it’s that you can’t spend ...
Posted: May 20, 2019, 2:51 pm
20 Minutes With: Baccarat Hotel’s Tea Sommelier Gabrielle Jammal
People are not educated all the time on it and they don't know that, for example, Chinese and Japanese teas are so different and the taste is so different. I used to have a Japanes green tea on the ...
Posted: May 20, 2019, 8:53 am
Japan's coolest secret... Ten ways to enjoy the mesmerising - and often snowy - island of Hokkaido
Japanese workers wrestle huge piles of fermenting rice from ... You can then eat your efforts, washed down with a cup of green matcha tea. For ten days in February, Hokkaido's capital, Sapporo, ...
Posted: May 18, 2019, 9:10 pm
World’s first matcha latte art competition to be held in Japan this year
Not only will they astound with their clever designs, they will also do so using green tea latte as canvas. The matcha latte art contest is the first of its kind, attracting about 40 baristas from all ...
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:04 pm
Waikiki Tea Announces Official Opening in Honolulu, Hawaii
Available Lady M cake flavors include Signature Mille Crêpes, Green Tea Mille Crêpes ... spot to purchase omiyage (satisfying the Hawaii-Japanese tradition of bringing home small gifts for ...
Posted: May 15, 2019, 10:17 am
Yummy Yame: Green tea from field to cup
YAME, FUKUOKA - Rich green liquid flows onto my hand as Mr Kenji Yuge, owner of Yame Yuge Tea, squeezes the freshly steamed tea leaves he's grabbed from his tea production line. Try it, he says. ...
Posted: May 15, 2019, 5:52 am
Fuhgeddaboudit Food: Brooklyn Tea
The shop offers over 60 types of tea, including herbs. They feature a variety of flavors including elderberry, cucumber, hibiscus and gimicha, a type of Japanese green tea. Since the perfect time ...
Posted: May 15, 2019, 5:10 am
Mark Lakin’s 13-Day Itinerary Around Japan
Continue south for the lovely river town of Uji, one of Japan’s green tea centers. Here, you will also visit the stunning Byodo-In Temple. Nara is next — home to no less than eight UNESCO heritage ...
Posted: May 15, 2019, 1:40 am
Kitchen Confidential: First-of-its-kind tea restaurant for Brisbane
... the tea treatment with the likes of green tea mousse cake and a bubble tea cake. Lucha aims to open May 22, along with the rest of the FudoDori laneway, which will include 10 culinary retailers ...
Posted: May 13, 2019, 5:16 am
Coffee and Tea Capsules Market in Japan Analysis, Trends and Forecast, 2019-2024
The Japan coffee and tea capsules market has witnessed ... capsules available to the consumers such as black tea capsule, green tea capsules, herbal tea capsules, etc. Besides this, Nestle ...
Posted: May 13, 2019, 4:33 am
Tokyo's tapioca boom: Where to find bubble tea in the capital
Its arrival in Japan is a little less clear ... anchored by the jasmine milk tea and particularly rich soy milk green tea creations. It’s also worth checking out the seasonal menu, which often ...
Posted: May 11, 2019, 6:53 am
Tatsu Tea Offers a New Twist on Traditional Japanese Matcha
Initially created by a registered dietitian and his wife to ward off jet lag, Tatsu Tea blends the traditional Japanese matcha green tea powder with essential electrolytes to provide a stimulating ...
Posted: May 8, 2019, 6:21 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.


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