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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).

Meet shochu — the artisanal, small-batch spirit from Japan you'll be drinking next
While Japanese treats like mochi ... bottle shochus are frequently distilled from local ingredients like shiso, sugarcane, sweet potato or green tea, in addition to the base starch, adding subtle flav...
Posted: December 10, 2018, 1:30 pm
Tea Market Shares by 2018-2023 Segmentation, Trends, Drivers, Competitive Insights, Growth
August 2017 â Tata Global Beverages entered into the business of Ready to Drink tea segment with the introduction of green tea based drink led by ... China, India, Japan, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacif...
Posted: December 10, 2018, 10:37 am
Stanford team shows matcha green tea could kill cancer stem cells
Matcha green tea is a natural product used as a dietary supplement with great potential for a range of treatments. It is a traditional drink in Japan and has many health benefits. For example ...
Posted: December 9, 2018, 5:37 pm
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: December 8, 2018, 9:00 pm
Trendy NYC Matcha Tea Shop Opens in West Hollywood Today
The shop’s menu, which is centered around Japanese-sourced matcha green tea, includes special blends like the Lavender CBD Matcha, the Collagen Blue Algae Latte, and the Beautiful Latte with ...
Posted: December 7, 2018, 10:24 am
Author returns to local roots, promotes new book on Japanese culture
or powdered Japanese green tea. A number of Kumai's books have focused on healthful eating, including "Clean Green Eats," "Clean Green Drinks" and "Cook Yourself Sexy." Kumai, who trained as a chef at ...
Posted: December 6, 2018, 4:16 am
Japan's most beautiful ryokans invite you to do absolutely nothing
where guests partake in a traditional matcha tea ceremony upon arrival. In densely populated Japan, it's a rare treat to see a hillside that's not topped with a house, hotel or observation deck. From ...
Posted: December 5, 2018, 4:50 pm
VeChain Enables Customers to Verify the Proof of Origin in Japanese Tea Products
The history of Japanese tea culture dates back to the ... experience of tea have led him to be the winner of the World Green Tea Contest Supreme Gold Award in 2013. He is also the president ...
Posted: December 5, 2018, 7:14 am
Nana's Green Tea brings perfect parfaits- and more- to Seattle
The restaurant had a wildly popular soft opening at the end of November, and now is officially open. Nana's serves matcha-based drinks that can be ordered hot and cold- like a matcha latte served with ...
Posted: December 4, 2018, 8:04 pm
The Green Trend, 8 Spots to Matcha Your Day!
If you’re part of the second group don’t worry, we will explain. You see, matcha is a fine green tea powder originally from China and Japan, where they have been drinking it for centuries. Buddhist mo...
Posted: November 29, 2018, 11:43 pm
25 Best Japanese Gifts for Christmas 2018
This snack pack includes a variety of flavors that can be hard to find outside Japan, including green tea, Yokohama strawberry cheesecake, Japanese Sake, and even wasabi. Fun fact: KitKats are a p ...
Posted: November 29, 2018, 1:36 pm
Inside Nana’s Green Tea, the Japanese Chain Taking Seattle by Storm
Nana’s Green Tea serves sweet and savory dishes alongside an extensive list of tea drinks. Nana’s has more than 80 locations in Japan and 16 around the world, each with its own unique interior design ...
Posted: November 27, 2018, 8:45 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