On the island of Honshu in Japan, a unique culinary tradition persists. Maple trees are stripped of their foliage, known as momiji, which is then preserved in salt and ultimately deep fried as a snack.
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Persimmons, the national fruit of Japan, are a tasty fruit that can be used in many culinary applications. They are also quite healthy.
Hailing from Okinawa, the purple sweet potato, also known as beni imo, is a delightful potato used in many desserts. It is also quite healthy and is classified as a superfood.
Many Japanese fruits would be wonderful to try, but the following seven are some of the tastiest, luxurious, and most expensive. You can’t find all of them in America, but they are worth seeking out if you are ever in Japan.
While Kit-Kat bars are a popular chocolate treat in America, they are extremely popular in Japan, where you can find over 300 flavors! They are also given to others as a good luck gift, and sold in special packaging.
In Japan, rice is used to make a wide variety of foods, including rice crackers, also known as senbei. These rice crackers are available in a wide range of flavors and textures, and are as popular as potato chips in America.
Ozoni is a special soup served on New Year's Day in Japan, but the Kansai and Kanto regions of Japan both have very different versions of the traditional soup. From the soup base to the ingredients, see what makes this distinctive soup taste and...
Ekiben is a great lunch option while traveling, as there is a wide variety to choose from at train stations all over Japan. Whether you want fresh sushi, onigiri, or even a hot meal, you can't go wrong with picking up an ekiben during your layover!
When the wind gets a chill each autumn, that’s the cue: hoshigaki crops up left and right in Japan. But what exactly is this shriveled snack?
Unagi, the Japanese eel, is a large part of Japanese cuisine. In addition to being an ingredient in many sushi rolls, there are many other ways you can enjoy unagi, whether in Japanese restaurants or prepared and served in your own home.