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What is Matcha and Where can I buy it?

What is Matcha? you ask. Literally the two kanji 抹茶 mean powder & tea but that doesn't mean if you powder your Earl Grey tea leaves you're going to get matcha as it's understood in Japan!  

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Sushi, Venus and Wagashi Sweets

Across Japan on March 3rd, little girls awake with excitement on the morning of their favorite day of the year: the Hina Matsuri, or Girls' Festival. This is their special day, with families displaying their treasured heirloom Hina Dolls, and of course, there will be special food for the celebration.

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Sushi: Global Success, Best Eaten In Its Japanese Homeland

It may be the country’s most successful culinary export in terms of fame, but sushi is, despite the hype, rarely done well as it ought to be outside its homeland. Corners are cut in terms of the neta base ingredients themselves, rice authenticity - you need the Japanese grains - shoyu quality, skill in preparation, and freshness.

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Ramen Noodles

Ramen was, for the longest time, Japan’s national-dish-in-hiding. Those who had seen the late, great Itami Juzo’s 1985 ramen Western – and paean to the noodle – Tampopo, knew otherwise, yet many overseas observers toiled under the misassumption that Japan’s favourite meal must include a raw fish. Many still do. Well, partner-san get on your horse, drink your soup, and think again. Ramen is Japan's...

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Escoffier in Kimono: Star Japanese Chefs Reveal Their Secr...

In his role as Director of the Japan Culinary Academy, the organization he founded in 2004, Yoshihiro Murata has presided over the most ambitious series of writings on Japanese Cuisine ever published in English, the JCA’s Complete Japanese Cuisine (Japanese title, Nihon Ryori Daizen). 

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A New Year Japanese Feast: Kaiseki in Kyoto at Hotel Okura...

One of the great memorable food options in this country of so many irresistible fine dining options is to try a feast of luxury kaiseki Japanese cuisine at a gourmet restaurant on Gantan the first day of the New Year.

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Tastes from Distant Shores part 1:

One might argue that all Japanese cuisine is pretty much ‘fusion cuisine’. Almost everything was brought to Japan at one time from neighbors China or Korea, or from South-East Asia, India, Europe or the USA. The Middle Kingdom provided rice, soy, wheat, noodles, kelp, carp, sushi (probably), chicken, bamboo shoots and chopsticks, to name but a few. There have been countless foreign influences on J...

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Soup for All Seasons

Suimono Soup and Birdsong Have you ever given in to the temptation to turn up an unknown road just to see what was there It's a small bit of adventure anyone with a little time can have. Sometimes it leads to nothing interesting except the satisfaction of knowing what was up that particular road. Other times it leads to an experience that makes you glad you did go out of your way. That is what hap...

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Flavorings: Myoga Japanese Ginger, Shoga And Garlic

What Is Myoga? You ask Myoga: Japanese Ginger Myoga is a ginger relative, but its taste and rather powerful fragrance are wholly different from shoga ginger. Only the buds and stems are eaten, not the root. Myoga is usually thinly sliced and added to miso soup, nimono, sushi, and is particularly suited to pairing with katsuo no tataki seared bonito fish, and pairing with vinagered dishes.

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Nabe/Nabemono: Japan's Favorite Simple Yet Satisfying Hot ...

Nabe hot pot dining must surely be the most convivial way of eating ever invented. The guests gather around a heavy metal pot suspended over an irori hearth, or just at a tabletop electric or gas stove, the beer and sake flow, the conversation never slows, and as the mixture begins to bubble and simmer, the room heats up, the hosts bring more tasty beverages, and an irresistible smell of slowly co...

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Meat Eats: Toriniku Chicken and Jidori Local Varieties

Here in Japan, the chicken itself is called niwatori. Once it has been despatched into the next life, the remaining fowl meat is described as toriniku, or, in common parlance, tori. Tori is also the generic word for bird, any bird. It’s the tori in yakitori, for example.

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