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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).

Haagen-Dazs Matcha Salon green tea ice cream specialists opening in Tokyo for limited time
The very first product that Haagen Dazs produced just for the Japanese market, was the green tea ice cream in 1996. This flavor is still available today, and is so loved that it even ranks in the top ...
Posted: March 23, 2019, 2:58 pm
East Bay couple brings all things tea to public, one cup at a time
(Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) The Japanese tea ceremony dates back more than 1,000 years, and is a choreographed ritual of preparing and serving Japanese green tea, or matcha. Everything, from the ...
Posted: March 22, 2019, 1:19 pm
7 Benefits of Green Tea
Since green tea prevents cancer, results in a study of Japanese adults showed that it also improves the mortality rate. Those who drank five or more green tea cups per day were found to less likely ...
Posted: March 21, 2019, 7:10 pm
Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Celebrates Japan With Vibrant Spring Display Through June 15
Butterflies, a sign of good luck in love in Japanese culture, are found flitting throughout the display, while a traditional tea house honors ... Decorated with lush green, pink and blue lentils ...
Posted: March 20, 2019, 2:06 pm
OTL: Grove Tea Lounge hits the right vibe
While in Japan, I remember enjoying hot green tea at several locations along our way. I couldn't tell you exactly what kind of tea it was, or if we had the same such drink in every restaurant or ...
Posted: March 19, 2019, 10:18 pm
Mona Vale's Cafe Monaka, home of the Japanese tea ceremony
You have the traditional – the Asagohan (Japanese-style breakfast) is an immaculately presented tray of furikake-seasoned rice, grilled salmon, rectangles of omelette and miso soup. Fuminori Bun ...
Posted: March 19, 2019, 1:08 pm
Stash Tea Adds Elderflower Citrus White Tea to Collection of Fruit-Infused Blends
The soft and distinctly sweet floral flavor of elderflower blossom pairs perfectly with white tea. The bright flavor of Japanese yuzu adds a fresh citrus note for a well-rounded and inspiring blend. ...
Posted: March 17, 2019, 6:27 pm
Bubble tea is a whole lot worse for you than regular tea. Here's why.
or green tea in Japan. "Bubble tea, however is not just tea … It's like sugar disguised as tea," she said. "A cup of plain tea, which starts out as zero calories and sugar, morphs into a bubble tea ...
Posted: March 14, 2019, 9:20 am
Green Tea Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2019 - 2025
The concept of green tea was originated from China and later spread all over the world. Some of the popular Japanese green teas are Sencha, gyokuro, kabusecha, matcha, tencha, genmaicha and hojicha. ...
Posted: March 14, 2019, 7:51 am
Healthy Japanese green tea drinks to perk up runners
PARTICIPANTS in the upcoming Star Health Fun Run 2019 will be enjoying unsweetened teas from popular Japanese brand Ito En. “The drinks are made with authentic green tea leaves and are totally ...
Posted: March 11, 2019, 6:50 pm

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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