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Traditional Japanese New Years’ Foods – Osechi Ryori

November 27, 2017 by Ray Proper

Osechi-ryōri are traditional Japanese foods eaten at the start of the new year.  The osechi tradition has been alive in Japan since the Heian Era (starting in 794) and the foods are easily recognizable by the special bento boxes called jūbako, which are often stacked for larger families or parties.  Like many places in Asia, […]

Miso – The Story Behind Japan’s Condiment of Choice for 1000 Years

September 14, 2017 by Justin Hanus

There was a time when miso was only eaten by nobility and monks. It was strictly forbidden for commoners to even eat the fermented condiment. What a difference a thousand years or so makes – today it is the cornerstone of traditional Japanese meals. Miso was invented in China and first eaten over 2500 years […]

Looking for a Good Time in Hiroshima?

September 13, 2017 by Jade Brischke

If you want to have a good time having a drink and some quick and easy food to eat whilst chilling out in relaxed surroundings, head to Good Time.  According to Google maps it’s labelled as a, ‘hotdog restaurant,’ and one man from Chicago, which apparently is the ‘home of famous hotdogs,’ said the ones […]

Import Stores in Hiroshima: The Solution to Your Cravings

September 13, 2017 by Jade Brischke

There are three kinds of people who come to Japan: the first who continues to eat their Western diet that they’re used to, the second who decides to abandon all Western foods and go totally Japanese and the third type of person who is a bit of both and swings between the two. Whichever type of […]

The Yatai Festival at Osaka Castle

August 28, 2017 by admin

Picture in your mind the usual selection of Japanese yatai and festival foods, like karaage, tama sen, JUMBO hot dogs, “kakigori” shaved ice. Now throw all that out, because this is not that.  The Yatai Festival at Osaka Castle is a very large outdoor festival that offers a wide variety of gourmet foods and drinks to sample […]

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