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Iga Mono (also known as Iga-yaki or Iga Ware)

Iga Mono (also known as Iga-yaki or Iga Ware)

In Japanese, Iga mono means either someone from Iga or something from Iga. When the words refer to a person, it indicates a ninja from Iga School. On the other hand, when the words refer to a thing, it indicates earthenware made at Iga. Iga is a remote village in deep mountains. But the place […]

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Takoyaki Pan

Takoyaki Pan

Takoyaki pan is a griddle with half-spherical molds to make takoyaki balls. The pans can be cast iron or with non-stick coating. Many takoyaki pans come with attached electrical heating element, just like electric waffle makers. But some of them are just pans to be used on stove top. There is a very similar pan […]

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Bento Lunch Jar Keeps Food Warm

Bento Lunch Jar Keeps Food Warm

My son has a small appetite. He refuses to eat school lunch, which I truly hope he eats even though I know many kids have numerous complaints. So I had been packing lunch for him. I mostly packed sandwiches, as many American parents do, and I sometimes made onigiri. But he recently complained that he […]

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Suribachi and Surikogi

Suribachi and Surikogi

Suribachi and surikogi are Japanese version of mortar and pestle with ridges. They are one of the fundamental gadgets in Japanese kitchens. The Japanese often use it to grind sesame seeds or make tororo smoother after grating. But they are also perfect to mash potatoes or other root vegetables. Other than use as a kitchen […]

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Syphoned Coffee

Syphoned Coffee

Coffee in Japan tastes really good. It’s not my national prejudice, because I heard the same thing from many Americans who visited Japan and had coffee there. According to a Japanese who lives in France, Japanese coffee tastes even better than French coffee. Many individually owned coffee shops are all over Japan and many of […]

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Kappogi (Japanese Style Apron)

A kappogi is a Japanese style apron, which is particularly made to be worn over kimono. The sleeves of a kappogi are baggy, in order to cover and protect kimono’s hanging sleeves. Torso area also has extra room so that it doesn’t crush intricately tied sash on the back. When many Japanese women switched to […]

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Wood Spoons

Wood Spoons

The Japanese eat food predominantly with chopsticks. Japanese restaurants in the U.S. provide ladles for miso soup, but proper Japanese etiquette is to sip it directly from the bowl. Japanese restaurants in the U.S. are just accommodating for the people who consider sipping from the bowl is a bad manner. However, there is a place […]

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Chopsticks

Chopsticks

Chopsticks are called hashi or ohashi in Japan. They are personal belongings, just as office mugs in the U.S., so that they are not to be shared even within a family. For that reason, there are many different sizes, designs, functions and materials of chopsticks to suit personal preference or needs. Chinese, Koreans and Vietnamese […]

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Otoshibuta

Otoshibuta

An otoshibuta is used only for Japanese cooking according to wiki. It is a flat lid slightly smaller than the pot’s diameter, so that it drops right on the food while cooking. Japanese cooking involves a lot of stewing using flavored dashi. To cook condensed flavored stewed vegetable, it is better to use a minimum […]

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Shamoji (Rice Paddle)

Shamoji (Rice Paddle)

A shamoji is a Japanese rice paddle, rice scoop, or rice spatula. It’s a standard tool to handle cooked rice, such as for mixing and serving. It can be made from plastic, wood or bamboo. If you buy a rice cooker, a plain white plastic one may come with it. Rice should be mixed immediately […]

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Portable Gas Stove

Portable Gas Stove

A portable gas stove comes in handy when eating nabemono, such as hot pot or sukiyaki. Nabemono is a communal food. Often at the center of a small but intimate party in winter, because one pot is shared by the people who sit at the table. When the food in the pot gets cold or […]

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Donabe

Donabe

A donabe is a thick Japanese clay pot, which is used to cook a hot pot. It can be cooked on stove top. But once the food is cooked, the pot can be moved to the table and act as a serving pot. People at the table take food from the pot individually. Hot pot […]

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