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Every time I visit Japan, as a Japanese living abroad, I could see many things in a new perspective and experience. Things which I accustomed to and things which I took for granted while I was in Japan, and Japanese supermarket is one of them. Supermarkets in every country in the world are different in its own special way. The setup, food and services are very much designed to cater to the people’s lifestyle and needs in that country. If…

When you ask a foreigner to list a few Japanese food, rarely you’ll get Omurice on the list. If you have never heard of Omurice, you’ll be surprised how genuinely original Japanese food it is. Omurice (OMU-RICE) is a Japanglish word made by shortening the word “omlette” and putting it together with the word “rice”. It is a popular dish both commonly cooked at home and can be found at many western style diners in Japan. The origin of omurice…

Conveyor-belt-sushi is known as “kaiten-zushi” in Japan and for foreigners it’s also known as sushi-go-round or sushi-train. In a typical conveyor-belt sushi restaurant, you usually find a stream of plates with a selection of sushi winding through the restaurant. You will also find sushi chefs standing in the center either preparing sushi for filling empty spots on the belt or to take direct orders from customers who desire other special selections. They are particularly popular in late 90s when inexpensive…

Bon (盆) or Obon (お盆) festival is a custom when Japanese people remember and honor their ancestors. It is believed the spirits/souls return to their families during the festival, so we Japanese visit our relatives’ graves to pray and to put offerings on the grave. Different regions of Japan celebrate Obon on different dates. However, in most parts of Japan, Obon is now celebrated around August 15th. There are many events going on during Obon. One of the most interesting…

In part one of “Cooking Inspiration From Japanese Manga“, we briefly touched on the concept behind food manga and also looked at two well-known mangas that clearly reflect the Japanese unique food culture. Japanese food mangas go deeper than instruction manuals. Many are carefully pieced stories that provide a thread not only to Japan’s past, its values and its history, but many stories are moving portrayals of parent-child relationships and the undeniable bond that food forges with our past and…