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Organic Fresh Tea from Diverse, Natural Lands12/20/2016

NARA – We drove for about one hour from central Nara city into the mountains. It was raining and chilly in the deep forest. When we began wondering how much further we had to go, we arrived at Tsukigase Kenko Chaen (Tsukigase Health Tea Plantat…



Takumi Makes the Ultimate Matcha or “Field Foie Gras”11/18/2016

KYOTO – Matcha tea is today loved by eager beavers in foreign countries as well as here in Japan. Starbucks’ “Green Tea Frappuccino” has made matcha tea famous around the world. Even a Hollywood movie help by introducing the West to matcha tea.…



Father & Daughter Ride in Tandem for Better Rice10/24/2016

TOCHIGI – September in Japan is typhoon season. This year, there seemed to have been more typhoons than average. A heavy rain warning was issued on the day I visited Inaho Genreral Agricultural Farm in Shioya, Tochigi Prefecture. The skies were…



The “Teinei-na” Way of Life in A Most Beautiful Village10/20/2016

GUNMA – The Japanese adjective “teinei-na” is a difficult word to translate into English. It refers to something beyond “meticulous,” “careful” or “refined,” to objects made with heartfelt care, one-by-one. A handmade tatami mattress, for examp…



Devil’s Tongue, Anyone? – Unobvious, Must Item09/20/2016

GUNMA – Do you know what Konjac is? Here in Japan, we call it “kon-nya-ku” by the way. For Japanese people, Konjac is a familiar cooking ingredient. The thing is we don’t eat Konjac because it is tasty. In fact, we eat this rubbery food because…



Deep-Rooted Passion for Edamame Beans09/05/2016

CHIBA – The combination of some salty boiled edamame beans and an icy jug of draft beer is essential if you wish to experience a typical Japanese summer evening. If you hear the big bangs of fireworks while tasting this combination, it’s an eve…



Releasing The Mind in Eternal “Island of The Gods”09/01/2016

OKINAWA – When you are exhausted in the city and want to clear your mind, don’t you miss the  cobalt-blue skies, turquoise sea and pure white sand? If you fly southward for three hours from Tokyo, you will arrive in Okinawa Prefecture, where yo…



Okayama’s Snow White Exquisite Peach, This is It!08/20/2016

OKAYAMA – Japanese summer, to me anyway, is torture. It grills me with high humidity and parching heat. Every year in June, the Japan Meteorological Agency announces the start of rainy season, and that is when I fear summer’s approach. In the m…





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