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Fun Link Friday: Cookie Masterpieces of Japan

Ever attempted to make a beautiful holiday cookie to discover it just didn’t turn out to be much more than a blob with sprinkles? Never fear, this week’s quickie Fun Link Friday introduces the masterful cookie decorating skills of Chihiro Ogura, … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: The Secrets of Soy Sauce

Though it can be found in various forms across Asia, soy sauce is easily one of the most iconic elements of Japanese cooking. With a long and diverse history, some families have maintained secret recipes for hundreds of years and regional variations bring … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Matcha… beer?

Like it or not, if you spend enough time in Japan, you’ll probably develop a taste for matcha/maccha 抹茶 (green tea). I know I didn’t like tea at all (still don’t like coffee!) but somewhere along the lines it grew … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Japan’s Cuisines: Food, Place and Identity

Japan’s Cuisines: Food, Place and Identity Eric C. Rath (Reaktion Books, 2016) Cuisines in Japan have an ideological dimension that cannot be ignored. In 2013, ‘traditional Japanese dietary cultures’ (washoku) was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list. Washoku’s predecessor … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Osaka River kaitenzushi

A group called The Osaka Cavas put on a delicious-looking art show recently in Osaka that featured giant plates of sushi floating on down Osaka’s Dōtonbori Canal like it was any old conveyor-belt sushi restaurant. Is your stomach rumbling yet? … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Halloween Oden

ハッピーハロウィン! In the past, we’ve hosted Halloween FLFs on Halloween bento, so today I’m pleased to present the Halloween oden! Here are instructions on how to make all the normal oden ingredients (plus carrots and tomatoes) into adorable pumpkins, mummies, and ghosts. … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Japanese Ice Cream

As much as I like eating local marionberry or coffee ice cream in the PNW, sometimes I just want a big cone of tulip, black-sesame, or sakura アイス!I hope you’re feeling hungry, because today’s fun link is about Japanese ice cream … Continue reading

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