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Kawara Soba

What is Kawara Soba? In Shimonoseki city of Yamaguchi prefecture, there is a local cuisine called “Kawara Soba” which consists of tea noodle soba and various toppings that are served on a heated roof tile. The “Kawara” is the tile which is used as the roof of traditional Japanese houses. The ingredients used as toppings […]

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Souvenir to buy in Tokyo

Have you been to a ramen shop called “Afuri”? It has now become such a popular ramen shop among Japanese people as well as tourists. Its first ramen shop started on the foothill of Mt. Afuri in Kanagawa in 2001, but the shops are now located in central areas throughout the West side of Tokyo. […]

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Shojin Ryori

Shojin Ryori is a type of Buddhist cuisine that is followed by monks and many believers from areas historically influenced by Chinese Buddhism. Today, I’d like to introduce a restaurant in Roppongi that offers Shojin Ryori called “Sougo”. https://www.sougo.tokyo/about_e.html Shojin Ryori that Sougo provides is a casual vegetarian cuisine, which follows the profound spirit of […]

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Key to longer lives – Part 3

Effect of fermented soy-bean foods on health A lot of people in Japan know that “Natto”, Japanese fermented soy bean dish, has very good health benefits, which has now been officially confirmed by the research. The National Cancer Center Japan (“NCC”) announced that based on its research, people who eat fermented soy-based foods such as […]

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Rice Oil

What is rice oil? Have you used rice oil before? In Japan, you can purchase it in a grocery store. It’s made from rice produced in Japan and labeled as “Rice oil” in Japanese. The rice oil is the oil extracted from the rice bran, the hard outer brown layer of rice called chaff (rice […]

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Culture/History | Food/Drink

Key to longer lives – Part 1

According to Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare, life expectancy of Japanese men and women were 81.25 years old and 87.32 years old, respectively in 2018. So why Japanese people live so long..? Japanese food One answer to the question above is definitely the food that Japanese people eat on a daily basis. You may […]

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