20 Mar | Jessica Iragne |No Comments

Japanese Green Tea Company – TEA-RRIFIC and awarded Matcha

Like a fine wine, high-quality tea depends on more than pretty packaging. The age of the leaves, their growing conditions, and even soil fertility all impact the final flavor. For us, how tea is grown and the way it’s processed is the secret for crafting a sweet, nutritious tea like no other.

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15 Mar | Jessica Iragne |No Comments

Expat in Japan Interview – 10 questions to Morgain Le Fae

I was expecting Japan to be more exotic. It actually surprised me, that Japan was more “normal” than I expected it to be. The first thing I saw at the station when I got off, was a young Japanese man who was probably 200 cm of height. Therefore, I totally forgot all assumptions that I had about Japan…

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12 Mar | Rae DeFrane |No Comments

White Day in Japan – The day the men give back

White Day??? What’s the history of this strange twin to everyone’s favorite Hallmark holiday you might ask? In the 1977, the CEO of a small confectionary company in Fukuoka called Ishimura Manseido was reading a magazine in his office for inspiration to revitalize sales…

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10 Mar | Lucy Dayman |No Comments

Why the Japanese Shinkansen is the ultimate form of transportation

It’s not called a bullet train for nothing! The shinkansen can travel at a rate of up to 320 km/h, depending on which train you take. The speed at which you can zoom across the country is staggering. If you factor in the outside time required to catch an airplane (check-in security etc.) in most cases, the shinkansen will be faster.

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4 Mar | Nick Colaccino |No Comments

Sakuramochi: See Beautiful Cherry Blossoms, then Eat Them?!

Salt and sugar help the world go ‘round. These two essential nutrients are what give sakura mochi its popular appeal. Rest assured: you are supposed to eat the leaf!

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1 Mar | Lucy Dayman |No Comments

A Crash Course on The Japanese Tea Ceremony

Far more than just a way to enjoy delicious matcha tea and sweets, the Japanese tea ceremony is a tradition that goes back to the ninth century. The origins of the ceremony have roots in Zen Buddism, a religious practice introduced from China.

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26 Feb | Kay Knofi |No Comments

Recommended food events in Tokyo – March 2019

So you’re in Tokyo in March and you’re looking for food events? Here are a few we recommend!

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22 Feb | Jessica Iragne |No Comments

Ask our guides: best places to visit in Winter in the Kansai area

To celebrate the last cold days of winter, this month we asked our beloved, adventurous guides Hiroe and Yuko what are their favorite places to visit during the coldest seasons in the Kansai area.

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17 Feb | Jessica Iragne |No Comments

Expat in Japan Interview – 10 questions to 5AM Ramen

I’ve been eating ramen since I was old enough to chew. My mother would make the “Sapporo Ichiban” brand instant ramen at home, also adding eggs and various veggies. So I essentially grew up on ramen. As I got older, I started to appreciate ramen on a greater level.

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14 Feb | Jessica Iragne |No Comments

OSUSUME Japan – USHIO CHOCOLATL & foo CHOCOLATERS

The slogan for Ushio is  “Chocolates not to eat. Feel” ! An increasing number of people are already conscious of the power of respecting raw materials and the importance of knowing who made something and how it was made.  Not only chocolate but much more than that.

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