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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).

'Made in Japan' goods to make US blitz through Amazon
Japanese goods popular abroad include green tea, sake, small digital devices, and such everyday items as ceramics and kitchen knives. Small and midsize businesses excel at handling such products ...
Posted: February 17, 2019, 1:57 pm
Matcha Tea Market 2019 - Global Sales,Price,Revenue,Gross Margin and Market Share
Matcha Tea Industry 2019 Description:- 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-stemme...
Posted: February 15, 2019, 6:10 am
Matcha Tea Market Scope and Growing Demands Grow at CAGR 4.6% 2019-2024: Aiya, Marushichi Seicha, ShaoXing Royal Tea and More
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: February 14, 2019, 6:16 pm
Matcha Market Size Detail Analysis focusing on Key Players like ITO EN, AIYA, Aoi Tea Company, Vivid Vitality, Ippodo Tea and Encha
Organic matcha green tea powder is stone ground and undergoes an extensive preparation process. It involves harvesting while the leaves are still young, then drying through either pan-fried Chinese me...
Posted: February 14, 2019, 12:54 pm
3 new spots to score bubble tea in San Jose
A variety of specialty teas and flavorings are on offer, including sea cream jasmine, taro milk, mung bean milk tea and Japanese matcha ... Mint Mojito with green tea and lime or Mango Sunrise ...
Posted: February 13, 2019, 11:38 pm
Popular Japanese matcha café Tsujiri set to open in Metro Vancouver tomorrow
It’s safe to say that Vancouverites love their matcha (green tea) desserts, which include but are not limited to cheesecake, soft-serve ice cream, and cookies. We have our fair share of Japanese cafés ...
Posted: February 13, 2019, 7:30 pm
Aman unveils third Japan outpost in Kyoto
The traditional onsen bathing facilities will use the water from a local spring, to deliver relaxation and healing, while a range of treatments tap into Japan’s plentiful natural apothecary – includin...
Posted: February 13, 2019, 6:29 pm
Matcha Market Chief Players - Aiya America Inc., ITO en (North America) INC., Matcha Maiden, Mizuba Tea Co., Kissa Tea GmbH, Aoi Tea Company
Countries including China, Japan and India are major consumers of green tea along with being a major producer for matcha tea. They are widely cultivated in the region owing to its good environmental a...
Posted: February 13, 2019, 7:46 am
Aman to Open Luxury Resort in Kyoto, Japan
Traditional onsen bathing facilities, using the water from a local spring, deliver relaxation and healing in their purest forms, while a range of treatments tap into Japan's plentiful natural apotheca...
Posted: February 12, 2019, 8:27 am
Global Matcha Tea Market forecast 2019-2024 published by leading research firm
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: February 11, 2019, 1:18 am
Can Green Tea Increase The Risk For Type 2 Diabetes?
Tea is one of the most popular drinks on a global scale, and green tea, specifically, is predominantly utilized in China and Japan. A cohort study conducted by International Journal of Epidemiology ga...
Posted: February 8, 2019, 4:58 pm
Genomic focus brings tea research to the boil
It’s a tisane — an infusion of spices, herbs, flowers or roots — rather than a beverage made from leaves of the plant Camellia sinensis, which is the source of true teas, be they black, green ... free ...
Posted: February 6, 2019, 6:34 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.

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