Japan


April 16, 2014

Inside Yukiwa Barware Factory

by Kayoko

Our main objective for our trip to Japan (besides noodles and ekiben) was to visit the many factories where they make the bar and glassware we select for Umami Mart.

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April 2, 2014

Japan’s Kit Kat Kraze

by Kayoko

When something takes off in Japan, it gets huge. For a hot minute. People have no qualms with waiting in a long line for hours, out in the butt-ass cold, to get their hands on the newest HOT food trend from abroad that they saw on the morning news.

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February 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday: White Day

by Kayoko

We’re in Japan at the moment and there are luxurious, sparkling boxes of chocolates everywhere being sold for “White Day”. Huh?

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November 22, 2013

Kuishinbo: Oname Koji

by Yuki HD

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I met a wonderful couple on Instagram, who I visited on my last trip to Japan. When they cook, they always use local ingredients prepared with such care and style.

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August 1, 2013

Kuishinbo: Doyou no Ushinohi (A Day for Eel)

by Yuki HD

During midsummer, tradition is to have unagi (freshwater eel) on specific days. The days are called doyou no ushinohi (土用の丑の日) to provide a nutritional treat, as well as to help survive the hot season.

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July 10, 2013

Kuishinbo: A Trip to Yugeta Shoyu Brewery (Saitama)

by Umamimart Guest

By Yuki HD

I recently spent a month visiting my family in Tokyo. I had so many great meals, went to an onsen (hot springs), a winery, and paid my respects to my family’s gravesite.

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June 21, 2013

Conbini Cabaret: Tanita Organic Tea

by Shizuka Wakashita

I went to college in the States after I graduated from high school in Japan. I learned how to speak English and how to eat two portions.

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June 20, 2013

Conbini Cabaret: Gentei Candy, LTD

by Umamimart Guest

By Furochan

A few weeks ago, one of my professors went off on a tangent while lecturing:

“I was looking through a text book which read, ‘Japanese are nature-loving people.’ As if other people don’t love nature!

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May 16, 2013

The Ramen Shaman: Miso Ramen at Sumire (Sapporo)

by Will VanderWyden

Los Angeles to San Francisco. San Francisco to Tokyo. Tokyo to Sapporo. Plane to train to subway to foot. 33 straight hours of travel and my first meal in Japan made it all worthwhile.

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January 31, 2013

Tokyo JUNKtion: The B-Kyu Charm of Ramen

by yoko

Ramen has always been big in Japan, and since the mid-2000′s it has exponentially grown in popularity and trendiness, with younger entrepenuers trying their hand at making the nation’s most beloved B-kyu (B-Class) food.

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