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Welcome to the Chagenkyo Matsuri: Wazuka’s Teatopia Festival

What is Chagenkyo? Celebrating the long history of tea cultivation in Kyoto, the Chagenkyo Matsuri is a festival that has taken place annually for over 30 years. Located in the town of Wazuka, visitors can enjoy great tea and cultural education in a scenic location.Wazuka was one...

tsukimi

Tsukimi: Japanese Harvest Moon Festival

Tsukimi Did you celebrate the harvest moon this week? Here in Osaka, it was too cloudy to fully appreciate the full moon. However, tsukimi (moon viewing) is a holiday and, despite the cloudy weather, many people around Japan, and throughout Asia, celebrated. https://www.instagram.com/p/BKXlyi7AIoN/?tagged=tsukimi&hl=en What is Tsukimi? Tsukimi literally means...

Mentaiko

Mentaiko

Mentaiko (明太子) is made from fresh pollack or cod roe and is used in Japanese dishes. Most commonly it is served with a bowl of rice or used as a filling for Onigiri (お握り).   A photo posted by yomo (@yomo531) on Sep 14, 2016 at 6:21pm PDT   The...

Wagashi: Traditional Japanese Sweets

Wagashi and Tea Wagashi (和菓子) are beautifully decorated, traditional Japanese sweets. Rice cakes (mochi), red bean sweets (anko bean paste), and some fruits are all common types of wagashi. https://www.instagram.com/p/BKQXFh0j3eJ/?tagged=wagashi&hl=en A Short History of Wagashi The word "wa-gashi" is literally means "Japanese snacks." The first character "和" read "wa"...

Japanese New Rice

Shinmai – Japanese First Crop Rice

September is the time when the first crop of rice is harvested. In Japanese, the first crop rice is called "Shinmai"  (新米). If you are visiting Japan in September or October, then you will have a good chance of tasting the Japanese first crop rice. You can immediately notice...

The top 3 souvenirs in Odawara.

Odawara city office made the list of the 33 special products which the odawara citizens chose. Here are three good products recommended for a souvenir. This ranking comes from 小田原セレクション2015「市民が選んだ 小田原みやげ」. Buy green tea direct from Japan 1: Odawara Kamaboko “Hokujo” Japanese name: 小田原かまぼこ 北條 Company: Odawara Isekane Kamaboko is the one of...

Aomori Dattan Sobacha Bread

Recipe by Reiko Taichi Servings: 6 pieces *This recipe uses baking machine. Ingredients 2 Tablespoon Aomori Dattan Sobacha 200g Bread flour 10g Wheat bran (optional so can be omitted if not in stock) 15g Cane sugar (or granulated sugar if not in stock) 140cc Warm water 15g Unsalted butter 3g Dry yeast 3g Salt (Salt from...