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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).

I used credit card points to score a $20,000 seat on ANA to Japan. Here's what life is like in first class, from fresh sashimi to $300 Champagne
The food menu offered a Japanese main meal, or an "international," western one ... a flan-like pudding, and a cup of fresh green tea. For dessert, I had a couple of different things: a red bean pastry ...
Posted: April 25, 2019, 5:45 am
Go Green in Honolulu With These 6 Matcha-Flavored Treats
That is, until I went home and brewed my own cup of green tea. Pairing the cookie with hot matcha created a winning combination that channeled fond memories of a stay in a Japanese ryokan, relaxing ...
Posted: April 24, 2019, 4:44 pm
Champlin development includes new eateries, locally-owned coffee/tea shops
Development in Champlin during 2018 has been characterized by renovations to existing businesses and an array of new eateries and locally-owned coffee and tea shops ... and tacos have opened up shop. ...
Posted: April 24, 2019, 2:27 pm
Why Everyone & Their Mother Is Drinking Kombucha Tea (And You Probably Should, Too)
In the simplest terms, kombucha is a fermented green or black tea with notes of vinegar and fizz believed to have originated thousands of years ago in China or Japan. The ingredients listed on any ...
Posted: April 24, 2019, 11:12 am
Halmari first flush tea heads to Japan
A first flush tea of Halmari, which fetched Rs 651 on Tuesday in the auctions, is off to Japan. Altogether 265.8kg of broken orange ... The leaves are tender and light green. The liquor is light, ...
Posted: April 23, 2019, 12:28 pm
Bag Idea: Disposable Tea Bags Shaped Like Animals
What’s a “green” tea-drinker to do? Ocean-Teabag, a Japanese start-up from Toda City (just north of Tokyo) is offering an environmentally-friendly alternative that puts the guilt-free fun back into ...
Posted: April 23, 2019, 11:16 am
Coachella 2019: How to have a tea party at the festival
The antioxidant-rich green tea is made from tea leaves which are ground up into powder and traditionally consumed in a Japanese tea ceremony. But it has caffeine and so MatchaBar has been one of the ...
Posted: April 20, 2019, 10:06 pm
Erie County chemist is a walking, talking tea party
"I just wanted to see if I could find some really good green tea," Jones said. Since then, he's found many, many really good teas: white tea, Japanese green tea, Chinese green tea, oolong, black teas ...
Posted: April 20, 2019, 2:50 pm
At 4.5% CAGR, Matcha Tea Market Size Set to Register 1970 million USD by 2025
Matcha is shade-grown green tea, and it is famous for being used in the tea ceremony of Japan; the leaves of which are hand-picked, steamed, air dried, de-stemmed and slow-ground on granite wheels to ...
Posted: April 15, 2019, 8:45 pm
Alcoholic Tea Market Size & Global Industry Trends Forecast by 2025 | Supply Demand Market Research
In November 2013, Japanese restaurant chain Wagamama became the only UK restaurant to offer iKi beer – a ‘fusion’ of wheat beer and green tea. However the alcoholic tea market has also gone through ...
Posted: April 15, 2019, 1:05 pm
Japanese Distillers Are Using Local Botanicals to Produce Some of the World’s Most Exciting Gins
When Kyoto released KI NO BI in 2016, it was the country’s first gin to embrace Japanese ingredients, with yellow yuzu, bamboo, gyokuro tea ... Kozue is driven by green, earthy, pine needle ...
Posted: April 15, 2019, 4:42 am
This Weekend: An Insider Guide to Cheese Tarts, Tea and Spies
We really hate to break this to you, because the lines can be unconscionably long for the tiny desserts at this hip Japanese chain ... Kehwa — Kashmir’s High Tea. This Asian delicacy, a green tea ...
Posted: April 12, 2019, 2:56 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