All About Japan

Wasabi—Japan’s Fiery, Flavorful Root

Wasabi is Japan’s signature condiment. There is no substitute for the pleasurable burn on your palate of the grated goodness of this herb!

The Japanese Secret to Longevity Through Food

For more than a decade, Japanese people have remained in the top ranks of the longevity scale. One of the biggest secrets to their long lives is rooted in their cuisine.

Japanese Powerfoods for Smooth Skin

Japanese people are considered to have amazing skin, and one well-known source of great skin comes from a good diet. As the general Japanese diet is very healthy and full of detoxifying properties, let's check out some serious powerfoods from Japan!

Tofu: The Hard (& Soft) Facts

Ready to become an expert on the white, fluffy deliciousness that is tofu?

The Power of Soybeans

Soybeans are one of the most-used plants in Japan, with countless recipes calling on one or several soy products. Here are 10 things made from soybeans you'll surely encounter while you're in Japan.

Nagasaki Champon — A Different Kind of Ramen

Dating back to the Meji Period (1868-1912), Nagasaki 'champon' ramen is a special twist on ramen that has now spread all throughout Japan!

Just a Spoonful of 'Koji'

'Koji' has been used in Japan for more than 1,000 years, and has recently been in the limelight for its wonderful healthful and beautifying properties.

Edamame: Japan's Favorite Snack

Did you know that even edamame have a season in Japan—and that it changes based on the region? And have you ever wondered how to make edamame at home? Read on!

Add a Bit of 'Neba-Neba' to Your Diet

Looking for some adventurous yet healthy food options? Get a hold of these three sticky, slimy foods—if you can!

Seaweed Pairings

Count on us to help you find the perfect seaweed to go with a variety of Japanese dishes.

How to Take Somen-Slurping Action Shots

Think a bowl of cold noodles is as dull as... well, a bowl of cold noodles? Your challenge has been accepted.

The Secret of the Square Watermelon

With only 200 grown per year, this video offers a rare glimpse behind the scenes of square watermelon production—answering the questions of how they're made and why they're so expensive!

Recharge with the Power of Rice Vinegar

Find out how rice vinegar can keep your energy levels up even through the early autumn heat.

Top 10 'Izakaya' Foods You Need to Know

If these foods aren't on the menu, you're probably not at an 'izakaya!'

'Star Wars' Meets New Year's Cusine

The tiny details and awesome original extras take these three-tiered meals out of the traditional world and to a galaxy far, far away.

3 Old-Timey Snacks with Special Prizes

Who doesn't love finding a prize in their candy box? These classic Japanese snacks and sweets give you a chance to find everything from toys to baseball cards!

When Life Gives You Yuzu... Use It!

Ever wondered how to get creative with this popular Asian citrus? Read on for a list of amazing recipes!

8 Hot Spots to Book in Kyushu—If You Can!

We'd love to stay in any of these eight amazing Kyushu locales—but they're so popular it can be really hard to get a space!

A Guide to Okinawa's Best Foods

Wondering what to eat in Okinawa? These are the Top 10 foods in Okinawa that you've simply got to try!

Get the Scoop on Whole Grain Rice

Next time you reach for a bowl of rice, make sure it's healthy, whole grain 'genmai' rice. Learn all about this power food below!

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