The Food Of The Japanese

Posted on April 5, 2016 By

The Food Of The JapaneseJapanese recipes almost always contain rice because rice is the staple food of Japan. Rice is used not only in food, but also in drinks. Sake, which is made from rice, is an alcoholic drink that is consumed often in Japan. Since many years ago, short-grain rice is the only kind of rice that is common in Japan. Japanese recipes have been heavily influenced by other nations. China is a source of many of the customs and traditions of Japan, such as chopsticks and soy sauce.

The major religion of Japan is Buddhism and it has a large influence on their cuisine. Buddhist practices made the Japanese shun having meat in their food at one time. Because of this, sushi is very popular in Japan. Sushi is fish with rice. Something else that has influence Japanese recipes is the division of foods into categories of color and taste. Some examples of the food categories by taste are sweet, salty, and sour, delicate and bitter. When they are categorized by color, they are black-purple, red,

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Tips For International Travel

Posted on March 10, 2016 By

inSo you have decided that it is time for you to hang your boots for a couple of weeks and take the plunge. I mean take a trip somewhere with your family. Rather, take a trip to some other exotic country and cool your heels off. What are the preparations you need to make such a travel or trip successful? Here are some quick tips:

1. Geo political basics of your destination:

Location and Demographics: The first thing you have to do for any international travel is to know more and more about the place you are scheduled to visit. Where is it located.? Which are the major states/provinces?
Political : What kind of a government does it have. Does it have a monarchy ( Brunei) or a democratic (India) or communist government (Cuba).Does it recognize human rights? Is the country part of UN? Is it a religious state especially an Islamic country (Saudi Arabia)? Does the country have political instability (Pakistan or Iran)?

Society : is it socially safe? Does it have ethnic/religious discord amongst its people like

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Tips When Travelling

Posted on January 15, 2016 By

All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go…”

Tips When TravellingYou’re about to leave, so you check all the things you need to bring: ticket, money, clothes, hmmmm…..have I forgotten anything? Then maybe you’re going to start wondering: What if…I don’t like the food, run out of money, get lost…? Well, what if you prepare yourself for the unexpected things that can possibly occur during the trip? Find out about some unpleasant things that can happen during traveling and the tips to handle them.

( 1 ) Cultural Differences:
You’re in Greece and you’re treated dinner by a Greek family. They serve you a plate of food that can really make you full. Just after you finish eating, they fill your empty plate with food again. Trying to be polite, you do your best to finish it all. And after that, the host fills your plate again! What are you going to do? Try to be polite and wolf it all down again? Hey, relax pal. Don’t to be too hard on yourself! For Greek people, it’s impolite

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Japanese Foods A Combination of Art Taste and Health

Posted on April 24, 2016 By

Yeah, Japanese foods even have a soul. Do you believe that eating a bowl of ramen can influence your mood? In making ramen, a chef’s emotion will transform into the food taste. When a chef is sad, people who eat ramen the chef made, will be sad, too. That is why people said Japanese foods have a soul.

Japanese foods are beautiful, that is why you are suggested to enjoy them with your eyes first, before starting to distribute them to your stomach. The colors arrangement in the dishes you enjoy is based on the colors of four seasons. This is the only way to feel Japan’s seasons without going there!

Japanese people call it a harmony, which is born from Japanese enjoyment of artistic sense and beauty. Through Japanese foods, you can feel the cherry blossoms bloom in spring, the colorful leaves in fall season, and the warmth of the sun in summer. Find tuna, herring, and bamboo shoots in summer, or chestnuts and matsuake mushroom in autumn. They are not only good in your eyes, but also good for your health!

According to some results of a research, Japanese people have lower

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Chengdus Delicious Spiciness

Posted on April 15, 2016 By

Most of Chengdu’s local food specialties started out as snacks or Xiaochi (small eats). They originated in little stands or stalls located on sides of the road. Being located in Sichuan Province, Chengdu’s local specialties are famous for their delicious spiciness. Sichuan Province is one of the four famous local cuisines in China. There is a Chinese saying “All good foods are found in Chengdu”. Chengdu’s foods have become famous throughout China and their renown has recently been spreading into Western countries. Many locals and visitors to Chengdu enjoy walking down the street and stopping at the individual stalls to buy one or two items, eat as they continue their walk, and pick up some more of the tasty local dishes further on down the street.

Chengdu Hotpot:

Along with the smaller snack-like dishes, hotpot in Chengdu is not to be missed. Although originating in Chongqing, it has become extremely popular in Chengdu. There are many hotpot shops located in the older section of Chengdu near the Chunxi Lu Market, as well as along the river. Big pots filled with hot spicy oil invite passers by to sit down, order skewers of raw

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Healthy and Delicious Japanese Food

Posted on April 10, 2016 By

If you do business around the world, you need to know about the food from different cultures. When travelling, it is also important to know how to make healthy food choices. Here is some important information to know if you are dining in Japan.

The most common appetizer offered in a Japanese restaurant is edamame, which is steamed soybeans that are salted and left in the pod. Edamame is a great choice because it is high in protein, low in calories, and very tasty. Another common choice is yakatori which is skewers of grilled, lean meat and vegetables. This dish is high in protein and nutrient rich due to the vegetables.

Soup is always a good healthy choice in any culture and miso soup is a favorite at most Japanese restaurants. It is a light broth created from a miso (soy) paste with scallions and tofu. Many believe that starting with a broth soup can help one consume less calories during the rest of the meal. Another popular soup choice is Udon noodle soup. This light broth contains noodles, tofu, vegetables, and shiitake mushrooms. Udon noodle soup is very healthy and extremely filling. There are

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The Fast and The Delicious

Posted on March 24, 2016 By

Living, working, and even traveling in Japan could be quite hectic. You’ll see that you turn to fast food pretty much everyday in Japan just to keep up with the pace of life there. The truth is, though, that any restaurant food in Japan, even at what you would call sit-down restaurants, is fast. I don’t think I’ve ever waited more than 10-15 minutes for my food in Japan. Japanese fast food is a bit different from your synthetic McDonald’s hamburger (though there’s plenty of that too). There are plenty of casual and inviting places where you can get great food at great prices and unbelievably quickly.

The most notorious fast food restaurants in Japan (and now in the US as well) are the beef bowl – “Gyudon” – restaurants. These include 24-hour chains such as “Yoshinoya,” “Matsuya,” and “Sukiya.” Yoshinoya is the largest chain of beef bowl restaurants in Japan. The first one was opened in Tokyo’s fish market in 1899. These chains compete heavily for customers, leading to price wars that have brought down the cost of a beef bowl to about $3. Although the beef bowls are prepared primarily with American beef, an import

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3 Delicious But Lesser Known Japan Food Items

Posted on March 15, 2016 By

If you’re a lover of Japanese food, you’re undoubtedly familiar with sushi, tempura, teriyaki, and other common Japanese food fare, but in this article I’d like to introduce you to three delicious Japan food items that you might not yet have heard of. All of these foods are both common and popular in Japan (not to mention delicious!), but have not yet found their way to the masses overseas in the same way that sushi has. Trust me, though, it’s just a matter of time before they do!

1. Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki Japanese pancake is a popular food item in Japan at restaurants, festivals and home parties. Translated literally as “cook what/as you like,” okonomiyaki is especially fun to eat at restaurants and home parties, where participants gather around a flat grill, mix up the ingredients, and have fun cooking the pancakes themselves.

The okonomiyaki pancake batter consists of flower, eggs, water, grated yam, and cabbage. Fillings include pork, assorted seafood, vegetables, kimchi, cheese, mochi, and yakisoba. Toppings and seasonings include nori seafood flakes, katsuobushi (fish flakes), pickled ginger, mayonnaise, and a Worcestershire-like sauce.

2. Takoyaki

Japanese Takoyaki is a snack of grilled octopus balls consisting of a pancake-like batter

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Delicious Restaurants in Tokyo Japan

Posted on March 5, 2016 By

When we talk about delicious dishes and palatable platters, the restaurants in Tokyo, Japan are included in the list. From fresh Sashimi to savory Soba, you can experience the luscious taste of Japan and its rich history right here inside the best restaurants in Tokyo, Japan. A number of restaurants can be found within the city that serves not just exquisite Japanese dishes but also offers the best in the world.

Depending on the dish that you are craving for or maybe just the urge to eat out, there are a lot of restaurants in Tokyo Japan that can accommodate your every palate need. Since Tokyo is the capital city of Japan, a huge variety of choices are available. Ramen, Sushi, Tofu dishes, Seafood, or grilled meat, you name it. Let’s take a trip to downtown Tokyo and check out what are the best restaurants Tokyo Japan has in store for us.

For fish lovers, Japan’s sushi is known all over the world. Each slice of this delicately prepared dish has a taste that can never be forgotten. Tokyo’s Central Market’s Sushi Dai is also widely known as Daiwa Sushi, the place to be. The

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Things To Do and Food to Eat in Fukuoka Japan

Posted on February 24, 2016 By

Fukuoka isn’t that small of a place. Actual numbers bring the population to about the 5 million mark, with the city having roughly 1.3 million people. With that amount of people around, you know there has got to be something to do. On any day of the week if you look you will be able to find something that interests you. There are often festivals in one area or another in Fukuoka city. With a little help from a friend or the domestic foreigner magizines and information centers you will be able to find out where the festivals are being held.

The center of Fukuoka city will have to be Tenjin (though others may argue it to be Hakata). It is the shoppers haven of the prefecture. Feel you need to do a little shopping for some nice named brands from Italy or France? head on over to Tenjin. Want to blow off some steam and hit a bar (including foreigner bars)? Tenjin is the place to be. want to meet some new friends? Rainbow Plaza in… you guessed it, Tenjin, is the place to do just that.

Right next door to Tenjin is Nakasu.

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Good Travel in Japan Includes Good Lunch

Posted on February 15, 2016 By

Make lunch one highlight of your days in Japan, because food is an important and celebrated part of travel in Japan.

Japanese guidebooks introduce foods, cafes, restaurants, bentos, and food souvenirs to buy for your families, friends, and colleagues. Model day trips usually consist of visiting famous sights at your destination, eating local food or visiting a popular restaurant, and shopping for omiyage souvenirs. And those souvenirs are most often food items. Japanese travel programs also focus on local foods.

Don’t know where you should go? Go somewhere for the food – soba noodles in Nagano prefecture, okonomiyaki and takoyaki in Osaka, yudofu in Kyoto. Plan a trip to eat a local specialty as you would plan a trip to visit a local attraction. Or combine the two reasons to travel.

Going to Asakusa in Tokyo? Have tempura, sushi, or monjayaki at an old local restaurant, see Senso-ji temple, and buy some of the food souvenirs the area is famous for like ningyo-yaki cakes and kaminariokoshi crackers.

Going to Matsumoto in Nagano? Visit Matsumoto castle, eat fresh soba noodles, and buy oyaki dumplings with different fillings as a souvenir.

Wherever you might

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The Best Halal Vegetarian Food in Japan

Posted on February 10, 2016 By

You know what irritates me when I travel? Being a vegan and not finding a good restaurant to satisfy my growling stomach and being a Muslim having to find Halal food is a big task in itself. When I visited Japan I had no idea I’d find vegan restaurants so easily and finding halal restaurants in Japan is a piece of cake nowadays since the government has announced Muslim friendly policies. All I had to do was a simple Google search on the super fast internet in Japan and there was a huge list of Halal Vegetarian restaurants in Japan. Out of the many choices, I found these three the best. Go ahead and read my reviews on these famous Halal restaurants in Japan.

Bejita Hamamatsu

Bejita Cafe offers brown rice and vegetable which is useful for health. To guarantee nourishment and health, they are specific about the cooking process. There are regular dishes, for example, the Month to month Special Kobachi platter” and additionally treats not using ingredients like white sugar, eggs, dairy product. This restaurant also features a Kid’s play area and small shops that sell reliable ingredients from known sources. The overall ambience

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Tokyo Nightlife

Posted on February 5, 2016 By

Even though the current energy savings plan has dimmed the famous Tokyo nighttime neon skyline, Tokyo streets and tourist areas remain safe and tourist friendly. You would definitely want to experience Tokyo nightlife and include it on your itinerary during your visit to Tokyo. Just walking the busy streets of Roppongi or Shibuya after dark will give you a view of giant neon lights, Japanese lanterns, and a multitude of people. Vast crowds of locals; all escaping the office to enjoy the hustle and bustle of this dynamic city, looking for a snack, a dinner, or simply to have a good time.

Tokyo is a huge metropolis. To cater to the varied tastes of this population, there are lots of pubs and clubs hosted in this city. This is definitely the place to enjoy nightlife. It will be nothing like your hometown.

Before starting your adventure, make sure you have enough cash. Tokyo is expensive (but well worth it!), and 24 hour ATM’s can be hard to find. The ATM’s also charge a lot of fees for after-hours use. Instead of spending time searching for a fee free ATM or an open 7-11, just make

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10 Top Budget Travel Tips For Tokyo and Japan

Posted on January 24, 2016 By

Tokyo on a Budget

You’re coming to Tokyo but you don’t want to spend an excessive amount of money. Follow these tips to help you keep within your budget and have a great vacation!
Trains – Rail fares on local trains are not expensive in Japan. My train route to work costs me 250 yen. This is just over 1 British pound or 2 US dollars. The same distance in the UK on London transport would cost me around 5 pounds. When you get here use the local train system as much as you can to reduce your travel costs.
Rail Pass – Planning on traveling across country from Tokyo to Kyoto, Osaka or other major destinations? Consider buying a Rail Pass. Note that the Pass can only be bought from your home country before landing in Japan. The great advantage of a Rail Pass is that it can be used on the shinkansen/bullet train along with all other JR lines including local. Pay one price and have access to unlimited travel for 1, 2 or 3 weeks.
100 Yen Stores – The 100 yen store is the equivalent of a dollar or pound store. You

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10 Things to Keep in Mind When Travelling to Japan

Posted on January 10, 2016 By

When you are visiting a country you always have to think about the cultural differences that you are going to experience. You should collect some information beforehand in order to avoid unpleasing, and sometimes offending situations. Respecting other nations’ customs and traditions is of outmost importance.

Besides, there are certain things to get informed about to make your life easier. If you make to-do-list before visiting a place, that can save a lot of time and energy for you.

What if you wish to travel to Japan? We collected the 10 most important things to think about

Get WIFI info beforehand.

When you land at the airport, it’s advised to inquire about internet connection possibilities right away. In big cities – Tokyo or Osaka – you will find hotspots at frequented places such as city centres, malls, and train centres, etc. However, in other places you might have to think about other options. I’d recommend to ask about the services of cell phone companies, what kind of prepaid or post-paid options they have for travellers. Usually you can get something with data traffic, which later you can use as a hotspot as well.

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Japanese Food

Posted on January 5, 2016 By

As with Korean cuisine, rice, combined with fish (or more recently other meat) and pickles, called tsukemono forms the base of most meals. Anybody who’s eaten a Japanese diet for any length of time would agree that it’s just plain healthier than the Western diet

Popular Japanese healthy foods high in proteins such as soybeans, miso, sushi, tofu, green tea and noodles are becoming more familiar to westerners as we look to curb our obesity and diabetic epidemic.

Although cooking ingredients are largely similar to other countries, preparation makes them distinctively Japanese.

Japanese food, regarded as one of the healthiest national cuisines gets the bulk of its protein from seafood and soybeans. Soybeans are an integral component of Japanese cuisine and are used to make tofu and soy sauce called shoyu which is one of the most common flavoring ingredients of Japanese cuisine. Soybeans, or a fermented soy bean paste is also the main ingredient in the most common of Japanese soups, miso soup. Combined with fresh vegetables, fish or other ingredients it is enjoyed at breakfast lunch and dinner.

Being an island nation the Japanese eat considerably more seafood than westerners. About

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The Coffee Shops of Japan

Posted on December 24, 2015 By

With Japan rated as the third largest coffee consumer in the world, it comes as no surprise that coffee shops (kissatens) abound, with Tokyo alone home to over ten thousand. Shops come in all sizes and styles, but the smaller versions usually include only a counter and a few tables that are often sole proprietorships run by a husband and wife team who are helped by a part time waitress. These establishments also often double as a small restaurant which offer sandwiches or a light meal during lunchtime. For breakfast a “morning set” is often available which usually consists of juice, coffee, eggs and toast. These mom and pop businesses are gradually being replaced by the bigger chain shops such as Detour, Tully’s, and Starbucks, which offer over the counter coffee, more spacious seating arrangements, and in the case of Starbucks a no smoking environment. This has proven to be a big selling point in a nation that currently has very few restrictions in regard to smoking in public restaurants and bars.

Others have striven to develop a unique theme to distinguish themselves from the competition. Music coffee shops for example featuring jazz, classical, or rock,

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Spectacular Sushi South of the Border

Posted on December 15, 2015 By

Six thousand miles separate Japan and Cabo San Lucas. The two countries and cultures could not be more different. Yet, here in the coastal desert at the tip of Baja you’ll find a little piece of Japan that even the Japanese would envy… Nick San Japanese restaurant.

Eleven years after it’s opening, Nick San still remains the most popular Japanese restaurant in Los Cabos, and with good reason. Owned by Angel Carbajal and Masayuki Nikura, the restaurant produces one of the most creative menus you’re likely to find anywhere. From Sushi to Tempura, this place has it all when it comes to Japanese cuisine. But it’s the special touches influenced by Angel’s devotion to traditional Mexican cooking that make it unique. When was the last time you saw a Jalapeno Chile at a Japanese restaurant?

Located in Cabo San Lucas, Nick San faces Marina Blvd. from Plaza de la Danza next to Costa Real Cabo Hotel. The décor is light and bright yet elegant. The walls areadorned with numerous photos from famed Cabo photographer, Thomas Spangler.The focal point of most Japanese restaurants is the Sushi Bar and the rule carriesthrough at Nick San. Long and lively,

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Debunking the Myths of Travel Costs in Japan

Posted on December 10, 2015 By

Today I was researching travel costs to Japan for a client and found that the Japanese Yen is now trading at approximately JPY 80 to the US Dollar. I remember in April 1995 when the Yen hit its all-time high against the Dollar at 80.43…OUCH. I started to wonder where the currency might be in the coming weeks and months as more and more travelers visit Japan during the peak cherry blossom season. When you do the simple math, it hurts. Japan can be very expensive, but like many aspects of this great nation, what is not said is often the most important.

One theme that continues to be on the minds of people today is the cost of travel. Given the current economic malaise in the USA and around the globe, many individuals have been forced to postpone or even cancel travel due to financial hardship or uncertainty. Travel is one of the first things to be eliminated when one has to make spending cuts due to new budgetary realities, but it is also one of the first areas on the rebound when individuals feel that it is time to take a long overdue vacation.

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The Best Restaurants in Tokyo Japan

Posted on December 5, 2015 By

No city can be called a great city for tourism unless the restaurants and food is good. Tokyo is perfect in all terms. It has got excellent food and the Japanese cuisine is very unique. If you are planning a visit to Tokyo, then you might want to eat out at the mentioned below restaurants. They are the places that have got high tourist ratings and have an overall amazing environment.

New York Grill

The name maybe a bit misleading, but this is a restaurant in Tokyo that has every tourist’s attention. Located inside the Park Hyatt Hotel, the place offers excellent views as well as food.

Gogyo Restaurant

This isn’t the fanciest place out there but it sure serves great quality food. The English plus Japanese menu presents a wide variety of choices and one leaves this restaurant fully satisfied.

Tsukiji Fish Market

The Tsukiji Fish Market is a wholesale seafood market. The outer area of the market boasts a lot of nice restaurants. This place is a must visit and is said to be the busiest fish market in the world.

Kozue Restaurant

Located inside the Park

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