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Sushi

Sushi

Sushi-like sour tasting food which includes fish has a pretty long history in Southeastern Asian countries. Originally, sushi was fermented salty and sour fish, which can be preserved. The food was introduced to Japan in the 8th century. Those type of sushi are called nare-zushi (image to the right), and used cooked rice in between […]

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Raw Eggs in Japan

Raw Eggs in Japan

In Japan, people regularly eat raw eggs. Tamago kake gohan (rice mixed with a raw egg and soy sauce) is one very popular food. Sukiyaki (beef with vegetables cooked in an iron pot with soy sauce) is also dipped in a beaten raw egg just before eating. Government and health professionals are aware of the […]

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Top 5 Popular Curry Sauce Mix

Top 5 Popular Curry Sauce Mix

Japanese love curry rice. Because it is so popular, many food manufacturers have several lines of curry sauce mix. Every time I go to Japan, I am always amazed to see many variety of curry sauce mix sold in my small hometown. One of the reasons for this popularity is the ease of preparation. The only […]

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Vegetable Distribution from CSA

Vegetable Distribution from CSA

Vegetable distribution from CSA is always exciting. I used to shop at the farmers’ market from time to time, but for some reason vegetables from CSA taste much better than the ones from a farmers’ market. I was not a vegetable hater to begin with, but I never knew that vegetables could be so delicious. […]

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Tenugui Cloth

When I was back in Japan this spring, one of my friends gave me the pretty tenugui cloth pictured on the left. I had one tenugui in the closet in New York, but never used it because it didn’t look practical. Now I am using it as a bathroom hand towel and love it. Tenugui […]

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Japanese Tableware

Japanese Tableware

I didn’t realize until I started to live in the United States, that Japanese tableware was so special. Without knowing, Japanese customarily mix and match different pieces of unique plates, cups, bowls, chopsticks, etc. every day. Japanese tableware never comes as a complete dinner set; actually, the idea of a complete set of tableware doesn’t really […]

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Popular Food in Japan

Japanese food is known for its simple way of dealing with ingredients and sophisticated presentation. The older I get, the more I appreciate traditional Japanese food. A simple meal consisting of a small piece of cured grilled salmon, cooked rice, pickled cucumber, and miso soup with white turnip is a treat to me. But Japanese […]

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White Turnip (Kabu)

White Turnip (Kabu)

White turnips may not be common in the United States, I increasingly see them at farmers markets. In Japan white turnips are popular winter vegetables. They are favorite ingredients of miso soup, and great to pickle. When choosing, pick the ones with sturdy fresh greens. White turnips are sweeter and softer than other turnips and […]

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Carrot Greens

Carrot Greens

Beautiful carrots are sometimes sold at farmers markets or distributed from CSA. The greens are so fresh, but many people cut them off and throw them into a compost bin on the site. Did you know that they are edible, and even delicious? In Japan, people used to make furikake, a type of condiments to […]

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