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Modern Matcha Tea Canisters

The Evolution of Matcha Tea Canisters: From Ancient China to Modern Japan

Matcha tea, a vibrant green powder known for its unique flavor and health benefits, has a rich history that spans centuries and continents. As the method of consuming powdered green tea evolved, so too did the ways in which it was stored and preserved. The story of matcha tea canisters, or chaki (茶器) in Japan, is a fascinating jo...

Otoshibuta Wooden Pot Lid

Enhance Your Culinary Skills: Exploring Otoshibuta Wooden Pot Lid Techniques

In the world of culinary arts, mastering traditional techniques can often elevate a dish from ordinary to extraordinary. One such technique, often overlooked in Western kitchens but revered in Japanese cuisine, is the use of the Otoshibuta Wooden Pot Lid. This simple yet ingenious tool plays a vital role in achieving perfectly si...

Japanese Charcoal Grill

Mastering the Art of the Japanese Charcoal Grill: A Guide to Perfect Hibachi Cooking

When it comes to mastering the art of a Japanese charcoal grill, there's something inherently captivating about the Japanese charcoal grill, known as the Hibachi. Its centuries-old tradition and unique cooking methods offer a culinary journey like no other. From Yakitori skewers to succulent Wagyu steaks and delicate seafood, the...

Ultimate Korean Bibimbap Recipe Guide

Authentic Korean Bibimbap Recipe: Discover the Secrets of Korean Cuisine

Welcome to our Authentic Korean Bibimbap Recipe Guide. If you've ever dived into the world of Korean cuisine, you've likely encountered a colorful, mouth-watering dish known as Bibimbap. This iconic Korean dish, with its vibrant array of vegetables, succulent meat, and a perfectly cooked egg, all atop a bed of warm rice, is a fea...

5 Ways To Use Furoshiki Wrapping

Sustainability Made Simple: 5 Ways To Use Furoshiki Wrapping & Reduce Plastic Waste

Use Furoshiki Wrapping & Reduce Plastic Waste: Plastic bags have been a staple of modern society for decades. They are cheap, convenient, and widely available, but they come with a high environmental cost. Plastic bags are not biodegradable, and they can take hundreds of years to break down in the environment. In the meantime...

Learning Which Sake To Buy, Sake Vs. Shochu

Which Sake to Buy: A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Delightful Sake and Shochu

Which Sake to Buy: A Beginner's Guide to Understanding Sake & Shochu: Sake and shochu are two of Japan's most well-known alcoholic beverages, with histories that date back centuries. While both of them have gained popularity around the world in recent years, they are still deeply rooted in Japanese culture and traditions. Des...

Mastering The Art Of Japanese Tea Ceremony

Mastering the Art of Japanese Tea Ceremony: A Complete Guide to Its Enchanting Utensils

The Japanese tea ceremony, or chanoyu (way of tea), is a traditional Japanese ritual that involves the preparation and serving of tea. The ceremony is steeped in history and culture, and is known for its use of special utensils that have been developed over centuries to ensure the perfect cup of tea. In this article, we provide a...

Wooden Bento Box Sets

Sustainable & Stylish: The Biodegradable Bento Box That’s Changing the Game

As our society becomes increasingly aware of the environmental impact of our everyday choices, many people are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint. One of the most popular ways to do this is by using biodegradable products, and one product that has recently gained popularity is the biodegradable bento box. ...

Zaru Soba Noodles

Soba Noodles 101: Understanding the Differences Between Zaru Soba, Mori Soba, and Seiro Soba

Soba noodles are a staple in Japanese cuisine and are enjoyed in a variety of dishes. They are made from buckwheat flour, which gives them a unique nutty flavor and a slightly chewy texture. However, not all soba noodles are created equal. There are several types of soba noodles, but three of the most popular are zaru soba, mori ...

Japanese Furoshiki Cloth

Explore the Japanese tradition of Furoshiki Cloth, the ancient art of wrapping

Furoshiki Cloth is a traditional Japanese art of wrapping material that has been used for centuries to transport and store various items such as clothing, food, and gifts. The word "furoshiki" literally translates to "bath spread," as the cloth was originally used to wrap and carry clothes to and from public bathhouses. However, ...

Maintain Your Sushi Oke

Top 4 Essential Tips to Maintain Your Sushi Oke Mixing Tubs: Keeping Them Like New

Essential Tips to Maintain Your Sushi Oke Mixing Tubs - Japanese Sushi Oke or sushi rice tubs designed for chilling sushi rice to perfection. When creating sushi these wooden rice mixing tubs preserve rice at the optimal moisture levels and temperature. Learn how to maintain sushi oke mixing tubs with the following guide. Sushi o...

Forgotten Edo Period Japanese Sake Cups

Forgotten Edo Period Japanese Sake Cups

Japanese Sake Cups While most of us are familiar with drinking sake from small glass or porcelain cups, few are aware that sake can be enjoyed in a variety of vessels ranging from traditional to modern. Typically, sake is consumed from a variety of glasses vessels made of a variety of materials including earthenware, porcelain, w...

Edo Period Tea Ceremonies, Kaiseki Ryori Cuisine &Amp; Bento Boxes

Edo Period Tea Ceremonies, Kaiseki Ryori Cuisine & Bento Boxes

Edo Period Tea Ceremonies: Japan has a long history of preserving its traditions and heritage, and the Edo period (1603–1867) is regarded as the golden era of Japanese cuisine. For the first time in hundreds of years the country was under political stability, internal peace was maintained, and economic growth thrived under shogun...

In March 1972, Selling Ekiben At The Platform Of Otoineppu Station

Ekiben History Unraveled, Japanese Train Bento 1872-2021

Learn about the Ekiben History (train station bento). Takeaway meal sold at train stations and in trains across Japan that gives you a chance to taste the local cuisine without leaving the station. Ekiben (駅弁当) is an abbreviation of ‘Eki-bento’ or ‘Eki-uri-bento’ and is made up of two Japanese words, namely ‘eki’ which means trai...

Japanese Chopsticks

7 Interesting Facts About 3,000-Year-Old Japanese Chopsticks

Are you a Japanese food lover? If yes then you must have used Japanese Chopsticks. They have become synonymous with Japanese cuisine that originated in a country other than Japan. The following article traces the history of this unassuming yet very significant dining tool. Gained worldwide acceptance and helped to experience Japa...

Shidashi Bento Box (Effortless Japanese Catered Bento)

Shidashi Bento Box (Effortless Japanese Catered Bento)

Shidashi Bento Box – Japanese Catered Bento (仕出し弁当) – Shidashi is a term used to describe bento served by professional caterers. These box meals are ordered for important guests or special occasions. Shidashi bento is filled with a colourful array of arranged side dishes including rice, tempura, pickled vegetables and protein. ...

Healthy Bento Lunch Boxes

Bento Lunch Boxes & Diet, What Wikipedia Doesn’t Tell You About Them

Bento Lunch Boxes & Diet - Many of us struggle to contain a healthy diet, especially during Covid restrictions those extra kilograms keep piling on and there seems to be no end to it. Countless diets are considered but very few help us to reach our weight loss goals. Most diets are based on making huge sacrifices and lifestyl...

What Is A Bento Box

What is Bento Uncovered, Definition, History, Origin & Benefits

The concept of bento has been around since the 12th century but what is bento, what does bento mean, what are bento boxes used for and where did they originate? The English word "bento" is derived from the Japanese word bentou or "ben(t)ō" お弁当 which refers to a Japanese boxed lunch. While bento is the packed lunch the term Bentō-...

Eat Japan, Lonely Planet Food

Eat Japan, Lonely Planet Food

Eat Japan, Lonely Planet Food is the ultimate guide to Japanese dining and food culture. This book will teach you exactly what not to do to avoid appearing like an uneducated tourist, whether it's rubbing your chopsticks together, presenting money to a sushi chef, or removing your shoes with your foot straight on the floor. The L...

Japanese Okonomiyaki Recipe

Okonomiyaki Recipe for Bento

Experience the delicious delicacies of Japan with this customisable Okonomiyaki recipe. The Japanese savoury pancake is easy to make at home, full of authentic flavours and textures, sure to be a family favourite. Okonomiyaki お好み焼き translates to ‘grilled as you like it. It's iconic street food in Osaka, Japan that was adopted dur...

Bento Box Magic

Bento Box Magic

Bento Box Magic | The sense of fun associated with bento boxes has made them highly popular worldwide. Besides the fun element, the functionality purpose is also served effectively by them. Bento boxes or Obentos as they are called in Japan are very appealing to kids and adults alike.Bento Box MagicServes all purposesAll kids who...

Oekakiben Bento

Oekakiben Bento

Oekakiben or "picture bento" is a type of bento box that is prepared by the mother for her child in a manner that the ingredients are decorated to resemble a picture or a scene. Often depicting objects such as animals, favourite pets, famous people, buildings, monuments, scenes from a favourite movie or specific items such as flo...

Which Bento Box

Which Bento Box Should I Use?

Which Bento Box Should You Use? Bento boxes help you to pack a healthy, colourful and tasty lunch and make lunchtimes at the workplace or school exciting and something to be waited for.  It is essential to ensure that you have a box that best suits your requirements. Finding a perfect fit for the box will largely depend on what y...

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