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Gyoza ‘餃子’ dumplings

Gyoza are Japanese dumplings that are popular both in Japan and internationally. They are typically filled with a mixture of ground meat (usually pork), cabbage, garlic, ginger, and green onions, all encased in a thin dough wrapper. Gyoza can be … Read More

Izakaya (居酒屋)

An izakaya is a type of informal Japanese pub or tavern where people go to relax, socialize, and enjoy food and drinks in a casual atmosphere. Izakayas are popular establishments in Japan, known for their wide variety of small, shareable … Read More

Basashi (Raw horse meat)

Raw horse meat, known as “basashi” in Japanese, is a traditional dish that is consumed in certain regions of Japan and other parts of the world. It is typically served thinly sliced, similar to sashimi, and may be accompanied by … Read More

Soba noodles

Soba noodles are a type of Japanese noodle made from buckwheat flour. They have a unique nutty flavor and a slightly chewy texture. Soba noodles are a versatile and widely consumed staple in Japanese cuisine. Here are some key points … Read More

various types of ramen

Various Types of Ramen

Ramen is a Japanese dish that consists of Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a meat or fish-based broth, often flavored with soy sauce or miso, and topped with ingredients such as sliced pork, dried seaweed, green onions, and sometimes a … Read More

Daruma

How do we use DARUMA “達磨” ??

A Happy New Year 2024 The Daruma doll tradition involves making a wish or setting a specific goal when you acquire the doll. Here are the general steps associated with making a Daruma wish: Acquire a Daruma Doll: Obtain a … Read More

Zenko-ji Temple in Nagano

Zenko-ji Temple is one of the oldest and most significant Buddhist temples in Japan. Here is a brief overview of its history: Foundation (7th Century): Zenko-ji Temple was founded in the 7th century, during the early years of Buddhism in … Read More

Nagano: What is Oyaki?

Oyaki is a traditional Japanese snack or street food that originated in Nagano Prefecture. It is a type of dumpling or pastry filled with various ingredients such as sweet red bean paste, vegetables, or sometimes even savory ingredients like meat. … Read More

Teishoku, Katsuretsu & Ebifurai

“Teishoku” (定食) is a Japanese term that refers to a set meal, typically consisting of a main dish, rice, miso soup, pickles (tsukemono), and sometimes a small side dish. Teishoku is a common and traditional style of dining in Japan … Read More

Japanese Curry ♪

This is my favourite food, Japanese curry, or “kare” (カレー) as it is known in Japan, is a popular and distinctive style of curry that has become a staple of Japanese cuisine. It has a unique flavor profile compared to … Read More