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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).

Myths and facts about green tea
The first documented mention of tea consumption in India is in the Ramayana. Green tea, on the other hand, is native to Japan and China. India has been commercially producing some of the worlds finest ...
Posted: July 16, 2019, 9:48 pm
That's entertainment! Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo offers tea ceremony, luxury accommodation package
After adults are finished learning about tea ceremony, children will be given the chance to prepare Japanese green tea themselves. Special certificates will be given upon completion of the ceremony. ...
Posted: July 16, 2019, 8:58 pm
Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo Offers “Tea Ceremony Experience and Luxurious Accommodations for Families” Package
View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190716005325/en/ With the accommodation package, guests with children could experience unique cultural Japanese tea ceremony to ...
Posted: July 16, 2019, 7:32 am
Green tea may help to reduce anxiety
Many of us find comfort in a nice cuppa when we’re feeling stressed. Now, researchers at Kumamoto University in Japan has found that matcha, the deep green tea used in Japanese tea ceremonies, can ...
Posted: July 15, 2019, 4:00 pm
Tastu Tea Explains Matcha Production
Matcha tea has been popular across China and Japan for over 1000 years, and unlike other traditional green teas, matcha is produced using a skilled and laborious process. The matcha experts at Tatsu ...
Posted: July 15, 2019, 8:59 am
Drinking Japanese Matcha tea reduces anxiety: Study
Worry not, Japanese Matcha tea will come to your rescue ... leaves from shade-grown (90 per cent shade) Camellia sinensis green tea bushes. ...
Posted: July 14, 2019, 4:30 am
Japanese Matcha Tea Reduces Anxiety
Drinking Japanese Matcha tea was found to reduce anxiety ... Matcha is the finely ground powder of new leaves from shade-grown (90 per cent shade) Camellia sinensis green tea bushes. ...
Posted: July 10, 2019, 1:11 pm
Health Benefits of Japanese Matcha Tea
You may have had green tea and you must definitely be aware of its many health benefits. But are you aware of Japanese matcha tea? Japanese Matcha tea is basically a finely ground powder of new leaves ...
Posted: July 10, 2019, 3:38 am
Drinking Matcha tea can reduce anxiety
Matcha is the finely ground powder of new leaves from shade-grown (90% shade) Camellia sinensis green tea bushes. The tea (and food flavoring) is enjoyed around the world. In Japan, historical ...
Posted: July 9, 2019, 1:34 pm
Research shows that drinking Matcha tea can reduce anxiety
Matcha is the finely ground powder of new leaves from shade-grown (90% shade) Camellia sinensis green tea bushes. The tea (and food flavoring) is enjoyed around the world. In Japan, historical ...
Posted: July 9, 2019, 7:51 am
Browsing: L.A.’s growing market for Japanese houseware
She also hosts pop-up sales of homeware and pantry items from specific regions of Japan, most recently Gifu prefecture. She procured rare heritage varietals of green tea, rice molds hewn from Japanese ...
Posted: July 5, 2019, 4:00 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.

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