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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.

Ingredients: sugar, corn syrup, sesame seeds, sesame oil, salt, soy sauce (wheat and soybeans), emulsifier (soya lecithin)

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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).

Global Hot Beverages (Coffee and Tea) Industry
Volume Analytics Table 76: Japanese Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for ... and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) Table 117: Leading Green Tea Companies in the UK (2017): Percentage ...
Posted: November 15, 2018, 9:40 am
An ‘unceremonious’ tea ceremony
‘Japanese Cherry Blossom’, on the other hand ... Through the glass walls, on one side, you could see a wide green tea field, and on the other, Jeju’s Gotjawal Forest. Nature was hugging me. I carefull...
Posted: November 15, 2018, 1:44 am
This is why eating Japanese food can do wonders for your health
An essential part of Japanese cuisine is green tea, which helps create a relaxed and focused mental state in addition to being rich in antioxidants. Seaweed is an all rounder wonder food containing mi...
Posted: November 14, 2018, 8:56 pm
Tenzo Tea founders, UCLA alumni spill tea on entrepreneurship, healthy energy
The company sells matcha, a finely ground green tea from Japan that has grown popular in recent years. All of their matcha is grown organically and imported from Kagoshima, Japan. “Tenzo Tea is ...
Posted: November 14, 2018, 2:09 am
5 summer hikes to take in Japan’s green season
Japan turns different colours in different seasons. In summer, landscapes previously covered in snow are bathed in green, and skis are abandoned in ... Ancient forests, tea fields, hot springs and dra...
Posted: November 14, 2018, 12:27 am
Japan Focus: Halal sushi, green tea exports and Japan's nuclear food saga feature in our round-up
In our latest Japan-focused round-up, we look at halal sushi, green tea exports from Australia to Japan and more on Japan's ongoing nuclear food controversy. Japan’s Daiei Foods is growing its portfol...
Posted: November 13, 2018, 3:40 pm
Grön Matcha is Making an 800 Year Old Japanese Tradition a hit with Millennials
Grön Matcha's matcha is made with 100% organic matcha with no additives, sweeteners, or oils and sourced directly from the Nishio region of Japan, where family farmers have been growing and harvesting ...
Posted: November 13, 2018, 4:01 am
Japan's way of tea is a lesson in rituals and emptying oneself
known as chanoyu or the “way of tea,” was introduced in Japan from China, but came into its own as a spiritual practice when it was adopted by Zen Buddhism in the 15th century. Influenced by Zen, the ...
Posted: November 12, 2018, 3:57 pm
New Danone yoghurts contain Japanese matcha, 'hojicha' and persimmon
The Matcha yoghurt has also been crafted with special attention to detail, using quality green tea from Kagoshima Prefecture, which is Japan’s second-largest tea producer. Grown in an area with a subs...
Posted: November 12, 2018, 1:55 pm
Strolling into Japan's past along the Nakasendo Way
“In Japanese, we call it ‘baby wasps,’” the English-speaking waitress said, then added helpfully, “It’s made of baby wasps.” Dessert was gohei mochi and green tea pound cake. We walked the broad pavin...
Posted: November 11, 2018, 4:41 am
Craving bubble tea? Here are Philadelphia's top 4 spots
coconut milk tea and Japanese green tea. Yelpers are singing the praises of its taro and Thai milk teas. Other offerings on the menu include smoothies, desserts, sushi and other Asian-influenced fare.
Posted: November 5, 2018, 2:17 pm
Why Japanese Matcha is Showing Up on Cocktail Menus
How to Use Your Favorite Wine to Find the Perfect Tea But now its appeal goes beyond that steaming teapot. At its restaurants, The Point offers a unique cocktail that employs matcha: The Geisha. It’s ...
Posted: November 5, 2018, 9:16 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 wont 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