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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).

This Japanese Bakery Is Upping Denver’s Pastry Game
Either way, be sure to order one of the city’s best matcha or hojicha (roasted green tea) lattes. Tip: If you’re a fan of “shokupan” (Japanese milk bread), the bakery sells it by the loaf—but only to ...
Posted: January 22, 2019, 1:01 pm
Cult Favorite Japanese-French Bakery Brings Crepe Cakes to Austin
Popular Japanese-French bakery chain Lady M Confections is popping ... The Austin bake sale will consist of just two flavor cakes: signature and green tea mille. During the Austin bake sale, only whol...
Posted: January 22, 2019, 8:42 am
Bubble Waffle and Tea House Opens in Belconnen
The tea menu houses stand-out tea flavours including the roasted rice Japanese green tea, which leaves a tingle on the tongue; the super creamy and widely popular Matcha tea; and the very taro milk te...
Posted: January 21, 2019, 4:55 pm
Black coloured Squid Ink ice cream catches the attention of customers in Japan
... 21 (ANI): Fish Town food market in Yaizu City of Japan has caught the attention of both locals and tourists with its black coloured ‘squid ink’ ice cream. Famous for its seafood and green tea, the ...
Posted: January 21, 2019, 4:13 pm
Using Green Tea In Your Instant Ramen Is The Trending Hack That Is Game Changer
And all you need is some green tea. SoraNews24 reported a hack that's happening in Japan where folks are replacing the water in their instant ramen with green tea. While this adds an extra step of boi...
Posted: January 21, 2019, 3:36 pm
Organic Matcha Tea market set to grow according to forecasts
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: January 21, 2019, 4:44 am
Violet Volcanic Tea
While green and black teas are plentiful across the island ... While the drink was already popular in Europe, Azoreans first imported tea for cultivation from India and Japan in the 1860s, following a ...
Posted: January 18, 2019, 12:42 pm
World's best destinations for tea lovers
The world is head over heels for matcha-flavored everything these days, but its use in Japanese tea ceremonies dates back centuries. Matcha is made by grinding dried green tea leaves into a velvety po...
Posted: January 17, 2019, 1:38 pm
Organic Matcha Tea market explored in latest research
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: January 17, 2019, 3:47 am
Smith: Matcha tea offers a calming effect
What’s unique about this green tea is that the plant is kept in the shade about three ... As the popularity of matcha grows, production in areas other than Japan are producing matcha to meet global de...
Posted: January 16, 2019, 1:30 am
Why you need to start drinking green tea in 2019
After studying 40,530 adults, ranging in age from 40 to 79, for up to 11 years, the doctor concluded that "the difference in Green Tea consumption might help explain why the Japanese age-adjusted rate ...
Posted: January 13, 2019, 1:33 pm
Father of Integrative Medicine Dr. Andrew Weil Reveals Himself as the Founder of Prestige Japanese Tea Company MatchaKari
TUSCON, Ariz., Jan. 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Andrew Weil announces his founding of the e-commerce Japanese tea company MatchaKari to further showcase the myriad benefits and rich tradition of matc...
Posted: January 10, 2019, 7:28 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.

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