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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).

Green is the new black: London gets a matcha makeover
You wait ages for one matcha café, then two come along at once. The traditional Japanese powdered green tea, which can be blended into hot drinks, is having a moment — new bars are painting the town g...
Posted: November 21, 2018, 2:08 am
Tejava Origins Announces New Varieties Of Unsweetened Green And Oolong Teas
Tejava Origins tea leaves are sourced from some of the best growing regions in the world. Tejava Origins Hojicha (pronounced Hoh-Jee-Cha) is grown in Kagoshima, Japan, a region noted for its mineral-r...
Posted: November 20, 2018, 8:00 am
911 dispatcher shares her key to relaxation with Redlands tea shop
There’s a weeping willow tree arching along walls filled with shelves of dainty vintage tea cups, Japanese pots, books and colorful ... and Harmony’s Summer Night Dreams, a black and green infusion wi...
Posted: November 20, 2018, 6:00 am
Tabio's Special Holiday Limited Edition Reflexology Green Tea Socks
Holiday Limited Edition Green Tea Reflexology Socks Price: $25.00 Size: S, M, L (Unisex) Made in Japan For product imagery, download from here. About Tabio Producing over 30 million pairs of socks ann...
Posted: November 20, 2018, 5:53 am
Flavored Tea Market Research, Size, Share, Trend, Leading Key Players Review and Forecast to 2023
Emerging economies such as China, India, Japan, Australia, and the Latin American countries ... Segment: On the basis of the type, it is segmented into black tea, white tea, green tea, and others. Amo...
Posted: November 19, 2018, 4:47 am
Why people are paying $7 and up for this fancy new tea latte
Unlike regular green tea, matcha is shade-grown in Japan and made from an entire tea leaf ground into a fine powder that is blended into water — not steeped -- which means it takes longer to prepare. ...
Posted: November 18, 2018, 3:00 am
Green Tea market forecast to 2023 made available by top research firm
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. Th...
Posted: November 18, 2018, 1:29 am
Different ways people have tea around the world
One of the most popular Japanese tea ceremony is known as "chado" (the way of tea). It lasts several hours and includes a light meal, followed by a serving of "koicha" (thick tea) and "usucha" (a ligh...
Posted: November 17, 2018, 10:56 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
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
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

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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